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Archives for October 2009
It feels like only a short time since I started this blog, but looking back to the first entry I see it was written 1114 days before the start of the London Games.
This weekend we mark 1000 days to go, so even my basic arithmetic says that's 114 more crosses on the calendar - and the countdown clock feels like it's speeding up. So this is a quick review of the progress we're making and the challenges ahead.
Here in the 2012 project team we meet countless programme-makers and outside bodies who have proposals about the BBC's Olympics coverage in 2012.
It's a hugely enjoyable part of the job, and almost every day we come across a new thought with potential. But inevitably some ideas crop up more than once.
When I was first dealing with this a couple of years back in BBC Sport the most common pitch was "let's follow a bunch of young people, help train them and then see if they win gold medals in London 2012".
It was usually in the form of a reality show or observational documentary, and it was fine except for one thing. The world unfortunately isn't like that.
There's been a bit of a flurry recently about the Paralympic Games, which will follow the Olympics in London 2012. People have spotted that the BBC doesn't yet have the broadcasting rights to the Paralympics and the issue has been taken up by some politicians.
As I said on air, we're keen to get into the rights discussion as soon as possible - and the indications are that the process will start this autumn. When it does, we may be more limited in what we can say. But for now our position is clear.
The BBC is proud of its long record of covering disability sport, for which we've won awards over the years. It ranges from events like the Paralympic World Cup to the way wheelchair races are integrated within the London Marathon and wheelchair tennis in our output from Wimbledon.
A member of the Games Organising Committee here said to me just ahead of Friday's vote on the 2016 Olympic host city that this felt like another rite of passage for London.
It's more than four years since we knew the Games were heading to the UK - and it's now not much more than 1000 days to the Opening Ceremony. The IOC's decision means it'll be the Mayor of Rio who'll be receiving the Olympic flag in the stadium in Stratford when the London Games are over, and the next stage of the journey is to South America.
The concerts being planned to capture the music of the past and future hosts will have to span China and Brazil, and the Cultural Olympiad can enjoy a touch of samba.