POSTED: Friday November 27th 2009

London 2012 Continues To Make Positive Progress

With less than 1,000 days to go to the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, the Commission was able to hear about the advances made by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).

International Olympic Committee (IOC)‘s Coordination Commission
concluded today its fifth full visit (25-26 November) to the city of
London. With less than 1,000 days to go to the London 2012 Opening
Ceremony, the Commission was able to hear about the advances made by
the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and its partners and share
its thoughts and experiences on the planning for the Games. The two-day
session focused principally on the operational delivery of the Games;
and the Commission received in-depth updates on the progress of its

Commenting after the meeting, IOC Coordination
Commission Chairman Denis Oswald said, “Once again, we have had very
productive meetings with our partners at London 2012 and we are very
positive about the progress that they are making in preparing for the

He continued, “It is over a year since the Beijing Games
came to a close, and LOCOG has clearly been able to learn from its
experiences last year and integrate them into planning for 2012. This
was evident from the good discussions and sharing of information that
we had around a number of topics including venues, infrastructure,
workforce, city preparations and LOCOG’s volunteer programme, which
will be launched next year. LOCOG also updated us on the proposals to
move badminton and rhythmic gymnastics to Wembley Arena and we are
satisfied with progress on this issue. LOCOG is discussing the proposal
with the two International Federations concerned, and we look forward
to hearing LOCOG’s position at our Executive Board meeting in December.”

Chairman Sebastian Coe commented, “We have been incredibly busy in the
last seven months. We have brought nine new sponsors to the table and
have now raised a total of nearly GBP 600m. We have made significant
progress across all our operation planning, from sports schedules and
test events to our ticking and volunteer programmes and the detailed
venue and city operations. Our organisation is growing into a lean,
focused Organising Committee and we are in great shape. We are
delighted that the IOC - which, after all, is the expert in staging the
Games - is pleased with our progress and we look forward to
demonstrating the continued progress when the Commission visits again
next year.”

With venue construction continuing on or ahead of
schedule and the Games drawing ever nearer, the focus of this
Coordination Commission was largely on operations and planning than on
the excellent construction and regeneration work being carried out by
the Olympic Delivery Authority. With this in mind, the Commission spent
time discussing with LOCOG and its partners, including the Government
and the Mayor of London’s office, a number of operational subjects
including athlete services, ticketing, city operations, technology,
press operations, transport, sport and Paralympic Games operations.

IOC Coordination Commission

IOC, as the guardian of the Olympic Games, assists and monitors the
work of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games through the work
of the Coordination Commission. The Commission visits the host city
once a year until four years from the Games, when the visits become
twice yearly until the Games are held. The Commission’s full meetings
are supplemented by the regular visits of smaller IOC teams involving
the Commission Chairman, selected members of the Commission and members
of the IOC administration. The next Coordination Commission visit will
be from 6-8 July 2010.


was elected as the Host City for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6
July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually
succeeded in the fourth round of voting, taking 54 votes from a
possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the
other four candidate cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There
will be 26 sports on the Olympic programme in London in 2012 and around
10,500 athletes.

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