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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London 2012 national anthems released

18th July 2012

The official London 2012 national anthems have been revealed as the countdown to the Olympic Games continues.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirmed the anthems that will be played during more than 100 so-called Team Welcome ceremonies and over 800 medal presentations during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Philip Sheppart has arranged the 204 national anthems and they have been recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. The whole process took 50 recording hours and was done over a six day period.

Team Welcome ceremonies are designed to ensure that athletes and officials feel at home on arrive at the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Each of the ceremonies have been created, produced and choreographed by The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and involves a cast of 70 dancing around the nation's team members. 

Seb Coe, LOCOG chair, said: "Teams from all over the world are coming to London and the Athletes' Village will become their home throughout the Games.

"The playing of anthems is one of the most emotive parts of any Games and it was an incredible moment for me at the Moscow and Los Angeles Games. I'm delighted we worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to deliver this key element of the ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

The Olympic medals are being stored at the Tower of London until they are needed for the medal ceremonies and it has been confirmed that the Olympic flame will also be enjoying central London hotels as it will stay the night in the same vault prior to the opening ceremony on July 27th.

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