POSTED: July 27th 2010
Just two years to go so it's all aboard with Coe and Co for London 2012 Olympics
KEIR RADNEDGE in the Olympic Park / Sports Features Communications
LONDON, Jul 27: Seb Coe had the perfect soundtrack at London’s St Pancras station as he marked the celebration of two years to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Lord Coe spoke up, appropriately, over a public address announcement about a Eurostar train about to head off for Paris. Of course, the Paris train for 2012 left long ago, back in 2005, when the French capital lost out to London in the IOC vote in Singapore.
Today was all about marking the latest stage in the countdown, reviewing the Olympic Park and construction progress and launch the appeal for volunteers to come on board both the Olympic and London Ambassadors programmes for, as London Mayor Boris Johnson put it, “the greatest party on earth in the greatest city on earth.”
The LOCOG volunteers will be known as Gamesmakers while the London volunteers will be based at 35 information booths across the city, such as transport hubs, outside Games venues, near to the City Live Sites and close to tourist hot spots.
Johnson added: “Everything I do in this job is geared towards showing off this city at its best - safer, stronger, greener, cleaner and more creative, dynamic and inspiring than ever. When the world descends on our doorstep in 2012 we need an army of ambassadors to provide the [essential] welcome and hospitality.”
London 2012 also opened, at St Pancras International, its flagship shop in London which will sell 2012 host merchandise including items featuring mascots Wenlock and Mandeville.
Games tickets go on sale next spring and more than 1.4m people have already registered their details on www.tickets.london2012.com. Further details on pricing and ticket balloting will be announced later this year.
For more information contact:
Laura Walden ()
All original materials contained in this section are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Sports Features Communications, Inc the owner of that content. It is prohibited to alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.