London 2012 test events praised

The series of test events designed to see how the Olympic Park will perform ahead of the London 2012 Games have finished without highlighting any major problems.

Seb Coe, the chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), praised the work done by staff during the important events that have helped to ensure the capital city is ready for the Olympics this summer.

Over the past year, a total of 42 test events have been held at Olympic and Paralympic venues. More than 8,000 athletes have taken part in the events, which have covered all of the Olympic sports and six Paralympic disciplines.

Coe explained: “We set out to run events which would test the venues, the sporting field of play and our workforce, whilst at the same time allowing members of the public to enjoy world class sport in an Olympic setting.”

The LOCOG chair added: “We have done just this and all these events, without exception, have gone well…we have not had to make any major changes to any of our venues or our plans. We are in great shape and on course to stage the world’s greatest sporting event.”

Track athletes were the last to use the Olympic Stadium in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships. The next event at the venue will be the opening ceremony of the Games in around two months’ time.

People taking advantage of London hotel deals this summer may want to try to buy tickets for some of the Olympic events this week as the LOCOG is releasing around 900,000 tickets for purchase by those unlucky in the previous ballots.

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