New Zealand pick Oxford University as London 2012 Olympic base

Andrea Hewitt
Triathlete Andrea Hewitt is expected to be part of New Zealand's Olympic squad

New Zealand have chosen Oxford as an Olympic base for some of their athletes, reports BBC Radio Oxford.

With the sporting world set to descend on London for the 2012 Games, New Zealand have picked Oxford University's Iffley Road sports centre as a base.

The centre has swimming and running facilities, and a cycling route nearby.

"Having these athletes here will be very exciting for everyone," said Jon Roycroft, Oxford University's director of sport.

"It turns out they have been using our facilities over the past couple of years when they have been competing in events.

"We believe a squad of around six or seven actual athletes will be here with a support crew of eight or nine."

BBC Radio Oxford also understands that other countries are considering the area as a base for their Olympic preparations.

The Olympic torch will also pass through the region in July.

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