POSTED: July 5th 2010
Downing Street call for IOC president Rogge as Cameron catches up on 2012
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications
LONDON, Jul 05: IOC president Jacques Rogge brought new British Prime Minister David Cameron up to speed on international preparations for London 2012 at No10 Downing Street.
Earlier Rogge addressed the London Games organisers' staff, before visiting the Olympic Park venues. Later came a meeting with London Mayor Boris Johnson. Rogge also visited the British Olympic Association headquarters.
After his meeting with Cameron, Rogge said: “We had very productive discussions and the Mayor about both the London 2012 Games and the development of sport in the United Kingdom.
"It is a sign of the government's commitment to the 2012 Games that such a meeting was organised so early in the life of the new government. The Prime Minister reassured me of the government’s continued support for London 2012 and we are looking forward to continuing the bi-partisan approach so vital to a successful Games.
"LOCOG and the ODA have done amazing things, and huge progress has been made - as we enter the crucial final delivery phase. But we are confident, not complacent. LOCOG and the ODA are doing a great job in what are tough financial circumstances - and we all continue to ensure we make intelligent use of available resources."
The Downing Street meeting also involved BOA chairman Lord Moynihan, LOCOG chairman Lord Coe, Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson.
Coe said: "These meetings demonstrate the commitment the Government and the Mayor have to delivering a great Games that will energise the country. Every day we focus on hosting a Games that delivers pride and value for money to the nation and we look forward to taking the IOC through the progress we are making right across this project over the next few days."
The Olympic Park visit saw Rogge help to put in place the 2012th seat in the Olympic Stadium. Also on hand were Coe, Denis Oswald, the chairman of the IOC’s coordination commission, British IOC member Craig Reedie and some of the children who were present in Singapore for the 2012 vote.
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