POSTED: August 12th 2011

Final Chef de Mission seminar for London 2012 comes to a close

Delegates representing the teams of over 200 countries participated / London 2012
Delegates representing the teams of over 200 countries participated / London 2012

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LONDON: Over 200 National Olympic Committees (NOC) attended the final briefing orientation meeting this week for the London 2012 Olympics. Next time they will all be in London it will be to compete at the Games.

Seb Coe, head of the London Games, said, “The athletes sit at the heart of the London 2012 Games and this week’s meetings are critical in helping countries all over the world prepare their athletes to compete in London next year.”

 The three day visit focused on updates for the teams about ticketing, accommodation, accreditation and ceremonies.

The purpose of the meeting was to allow LOCOG to work on the service levels that will be provided to the NOC, its athletes and its team officials.

Brazilian Chef de Mission, Bernard Rajzman, noted, “The experience so far has been absolutely incredible and the venues here in London are fantastic. You can really tell that the focus in London is on the athletes and that everyone in LOCOG understands that.

“There is no doubt that these Games will be spectacular and I have no concerns at all.”

The group also made site venue visits to Olympic Park, the Olympic Village and the Horse Guards Parade while the Beach Volleyball Test Event is going on.

The Chef de Mission for Jordan, Samar Nassar, said, “After the venue tours that took us to the Olympic Park, the Olympic Village and ExCel Centre, LOCOG has shown us some superb state-of-the-art facilities, meticulous organization, the rich English heritage and a very warm welcome.

“This week has been very organized and it is inspiring to see and feel that London is going to leave a legacy after the Games.”

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