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London 2012: Aberdeen to host Cameroon preparations

Aberdeen will play host to the Cameroon team as it finalises its preparations for the London Olympics, it has been announced.

A total of 60 athletes and staff across 11 sports will come to the city between 2 and 16 July.

The team will be based at RGU Sport and Aberdeen Sports Village.

It follows a recent visit to Aberdeen by a representative of the African country's Olympic committee.

Aberdeen City Council's chief executive Valerie Watts said: "By working in partnership we have successfully secured funding for this bid.

"As the country prepares for the Olympic and Paralympic Games our schools and community programme will encourage the whole community to access sporting opportunities which will hopefully encourage a lifelong interest in sport and the benefits it brings.

"It also helps bring the excitement and thrill of London 2012 closer to home."

Scottish Sports Minister Shona Robison said: "I am delighted that the world-class sports facilities in Aberdeen will be playing host to the Cameroon team and I look forward to welcoming them to the north of Scotland.

"Securing pre-Games training camps not only gives Scotland the opportunity to showcase our facilities but also allows us to promote our nation and its people as a place to visit and do business for both London 2012, Glasgow 2014 and beyond."

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