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London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

On July 6 2005 Jacques Rogge announced: ‘the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the city of…London.' Olympic Games will take place from 27 July-12 Aug 2012 and Paralympic Games will take place from 29 Aug-9 Sept 2012
The London 2012 Games are delivered by two key organizations - the London 2012 Organizing Committee(LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority(ODA).

The London 2012 stakeholders, funders and commercial partners are supporting staging of the Games and delivery of the long-term benefits.
The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for preparing and staging the 2012 Games.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and their use after 2012.
Funding for the Organizing Committee comes mainly from the private sector by sponsorship, broadcasting rights and selling merchandise.
The ODA has its headquarters in Canary Wharf, together with the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Transport and Accomodation during London Olympics and Paralympic Games 2012

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has arranged to provide hundreds of buses and coaches to transport spectators to the London 2012 Games. The Javelin shuttle service for visitors to the Olympic Games' main venue in Stratford will also be provided. The Javelin service will make the journey from King's Cross/St Pancras to the Olympic Park in just seven minutes.
It is expected that millions of sports enthusiast will visit London and UK in 2012. They are maximizing the existing public transport, such as rail, light rail, walking and cycling, bus and coach. River service operators and the taxi industry are also included to provide more travel options to visitors.
Traveling by public transport, or by walking or cycling, is encouraged during games to deliver a more sustainable Games.
The Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA’s) have achieved the British Standard in sustainable event management, making it one of the first organisations to achieve the 2009 standard.
Halls of residence and other student accommodation will provide a further 30,000 beds, offering a comfortable and affordable alternative for visitors on a budget.

Development in London due to Olympics and Paralympic Games 2012

An entirely new infrastructure is being installed to meet the demands of the London 2012 Games.
The Olympic park in Stratford- An extraordinary feat of engineering- London's Olympic Park, a new sporting complex currently under construction in Stratford in East London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The main features “ The Olympic park- An extraordinary feat of engineering” are clearly identifiable. The first thing you see is the stadium itself: a sunken bowl surmounted by a cradle of white struts. It will seat around 80,000 people during the Games but that entire cradle can be unscrewed and dismantled after the games, leaving a smaller, 25,000-seat arena in the bowl.
The other obvious landmarks are the aquatics centre, whose roof looks like a stingray suspended in mid-air, and the elegant wood-clad velodrome. There is also an international broadcast centre, large enough for five jumbo jets to fit inside, plus a basketball area erected like a tent, with 20,000 square meters of fabric stretched over a vast, arched frame. The fabric will form the screen for a an ever-changing lighting display. And on the eastern edge of the site, the 11 residential blocks of the Olympic village, alongside the shopping mall which aims to help transform Stratford, a grimy neighborhood five miles from Central London, into a desirable place to live once the Games are over.
The most striking thing is how vast each individual project is. “You could be overwhelmed by this project’s scale, its complexity and the sheer volume of things,” says Payne, who previously worked on such world-class buildings as the Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Mascots of Olympics and Paralympic Games 2012

Wenlock and Mandeville - the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots, they are going to different schools around the UK who entered a competition to meet them.

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