Cameron hails Olympics legacy as cabinet meets at site

 

David Cameron said the 2012 Olympics will bring "a massive legacy" to Britain

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David Cameron has said the 2012 London Olympics will bring "a massive legacy" to Britain, after hosting a cabinet meeting at the site.

The PM's most senior ministers swapped Downing Street for the handball arena at the Olympic Park in east London, to mark 200 days until the Games begin.

Meanwhile the operators for the Aquatics Centre, handball arena and Orbit observation tower were announced.

Mr Cameron praised those who had helped provide venues "on time and on budget".

'Do more exercise'

The Olympics will run from 27 July to 12 August and the Paralympics from 29 August to 9 September.

The operators of six venues have now been secured and organisers say they are confident deals for the remaining two, the stadium and the media centre, will be signed ahead of the opening ceremony.

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Speaking to reporters at the aquatics centre, Mr Cameron said: "All credit to the people who have been involved in providing these venues, getting them done on time and on budget."

He said the Games would create "a massive legacy", encouraging people across Britain to take up sport and "do more exercise".

"We have spent money and sporting organisations have spent money building great swimming pools in Luton, in the West Country and in Scotland so there are centres like this in other parts of the UK," he said.

"The whole country can benefit from the legacy of the Games because of the inspiration they will bring to people young and old."

'White elephants'

Ahead of the meeting Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that one of the main worries about hosting the Games was ending up with "white elephants" after the event.

"To have got to the situation where six of the eight major facilities now have a proper legacy use is a big milestone and we want to get the other two sorted as well."

Mr Hunt said the fact that the project had been completed on time and to a budget set in 2007 would be good for British business.

Olympic handball arena The handball arena will also host fencing and the Paralympic sport of goalball

The Olympic Park will be home to venues for sports including athletics, water polo, cycling, basketball and hockey.

The main stadium will hold up to 80,000 people.

Details of the new contracts for the three venues are to be set out by the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

It said the new operator of the Aquatics Centre hopes 800,000 people a year will make use of its facilities after the games. The handball arena will become London's third largest site for concerts, shows, exhibitions and sport events.

Ticket problems

The observation tower, the 115m (377ft) ArcelorMittal Orbit, expects to attract up to a million visitors a year.

Last month the Ministry of Defence confirmed that 13,500 military personnel - more than the 10,000 that were deployed to Afghanistan - will be part of the 23,700 security force for the Games.

Meanwhile, the Olympic ticket resale website remains suspended after problems caused London 2012 chiefs to close it on Friday afternoon.

Games organiser Locog said it would reopen once the issues had been fixed - but could not say when that would be.

The main problem appeared to be that the site, run by Ticketmaster, was slow to update sessions which had sold out.

The process was designed to allow people to try to resell their unwanted London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic tickets to others willing to buy them.

Earlier last week it emerged that 10,000 extra tickets - which did not exist - were mistakenly sold for synchronised swimming events.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 398.

    massive legacy = massive bill

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    Comment number 397.

    Boo Hoo Britain. What made this country great was when we saw and seized an opportunity. These days, people whinge an moan. Get a life, you sorry lot.

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    Comment number 396.

    I agree with Cameron I am sure many firms will capitalise on the opportunity and we, the public wiill be left with a 'massive legacy' - the bill.

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    Comment number 395.

    Olympics! Oh please...
    Meanwhile back in reality. You are paying for the OG, they will take the profit. Your gonna pay for another pointless military conflict, they will take the profit. You will pay for everything, they will keep all the profit.

    WAKE UP.

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    Comment number 394.

    How's this for a plan.

    Ask every country who is entering a team to donate £1 m for a huge firework display, including dancers. Countries have select their best music star to perform, all countries submit a video (with performing artiste) showing the best parts of their country. And then show it all at one venue. (allow for 4 yearly repeats) as opening an closing ceremony.

    Instant hit

  • rate this
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    Comment number 393.

    Re 372 Johnny Dubh Of course there will be! I,m not aware of any exemptions for northern taxpayers ! Please feel free to join me in laughing!

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    Comment number 392.

    The Hackney Wick Olympics can only bring benefits to this part of London and may finally lay to rest the unfortunate reputation the area acquired following the first ever railway murder just 147 years ago, Following the death of Tom Briggs, I bet nobody ever thought the Olympics would come to Hackney Wick.

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    Comment number 391.

    Didn't the Greeks have the Olympics 8 years ago? Perhaps they could advise Cameron on legacy.

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    Comment number 390.

    From David Bond's blog - "There is no clear evidence from any previous Games that there is any lasting positive economic effect from hosting the Olympics. In Sydney .. researchers at one university found the impact on the economy was actually negative."
    In a nutshell, the con that is the Olympics and with Cameron not having a clue about economics we are in for a rough ride over the next few years.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 389.

    >What can you do with a velodrome (one that cost 90 MILLION >POUNDS) besides ride around inside it, on a bike ??

    What can you do with a football stadium other than kick a ball around it?

    Some people actually will pay money to ride around a velodrome or pay to watch the pros race around there. £90M is probably the transfer fees of one premiership football team alone.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 388.

    Few outside of the SE will gain anything apart from a huge national debt we don't want. A survey I saw suggested over 70% were just not interested in this huge waste of money.
    Olympics should be held at Olympia, each competing country paying a fee per participant that is used to develop the facilities there for all to use. That will stop this profligate shambles and help the Greek economy too.

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    Comment number 387.

    Re 291 Excess baggage Yes ok! That will be great for all of our kids n grandkids up in the midlands,who may well still be paying for it in the same timescale you suggest ! I may well be using the alleged, lowest form of wit,in this reply but no offence intended! Its only sport is,nt it?

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    Comment number 386.

    Westfield Stratford city Shopping Mall has nothing to do with the Plympics as was scheduled to happen anyway - has been planned as part of the redevelopment of this are - even before the Olympics.

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    Comment number 385.

    Good old Lord Coe, years ago he could run and was one of the people.
    Now he sits on his backside and tells us how wonderful the Olympics will be, come on mate at least sort out the ticket website not that I would be buying one anyway.
    Anyone got a desert island where I can get away from this overpriced fiasco, will pay my own airfare, please!

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    Comment number 384.

    381. nautonier
    £800,000 million quid for a tent that no one wanted?
    //////
    It's quite a successful venue these days though, isn't it? People were laughing the Wobbly Millennium bridge as well back then, and now you can't imagine London without it.

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    Comment number 383.

    For legacy read financial burden

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    Comment number 382.

    The Olympics are a bit like the Eurovision song contest from a financial point of view.
    If you win Eurovision you have the dubious "honour" of hosting it the following year at great expense so it''s good when we lose year after year!
    The Olympics on the other hand we actually wanted to host these at least some idiots did, meanwhile £9bn. later even the ticket website won't work. Hooray UK.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 381.

    Nonsense

    Olympics is a huge waste of money like the - Millenium Dome - remember that?

    £800,000 million quid for a tent that no one wanted?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 380.

    The whole event seems like a huge waste of time and money,billions down the toilet to see who can run,jump,skip the best.I don't get it.

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    Comment number 379.

    It would be good if you could actually get tickets!

 

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