The Makings of the 2012 London Olympics
Every four years a different country hosts the Summer Olympic Games in an effort to promote nationalism and increase tourism revenue. In 2012, the world's finest athletes will travel to London, England to compete in the Games of the XXX Olympiad. The internationally recognized sporting event will take place from July 27th to August 12th of 2012. The Mayor of London and Sebastian Coe, a former Olympic champion, formed a team that would eventually outbid Moscow, New York City, Madrid, and Paris as potential cities that would host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. After days of consideration and weighing options between five different cities, the International Olympic Committee named London as the host for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. This record-breaking event made London the only city to officially host the Olympic Games on three separate occasions.
The designers of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games have constructed the city using sustainable practices. The mayor designated a two hundred hectare Olympic Park for construction on an industrial site located in Stratford on the eastern side of London. In addition, the layout of the Summer Olympic Games incorporates previously established venues that existed before the bid was placed. The Mayor lobbied for the city's bid in order to further develop the eastern side of London. The Mayor announced that the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) would oversee the staging of the events after the successful placement of the bid. In addition, the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) will coordinate the actions of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which included management beforehand and after the Games. In the late summer months of 2011, the International Olympic Committee raised concerns over whether London should host the Games, because of an outbreak of riots; however, the IOC put this concern to rest after the riots slowly diminished over the course of the next few months thereafter.
The overseeing committees have ordered the division of the pre-existing venues into three separate zones within Greater London, including the Olympic, River, and Central zones. The facilities built specifically for the Olympic Games will remain intact, re-sized, or re-located. London's landmarks were the least of the International Olympic Committee’s worries in comparison to the city's atrocious public transportation system. Needless to say, the Mayor of London swore to the IOC that upgrades over the next seven years would allow the influx of tourists to freely travel with minimal hassle. The athletes would have also suffered trying to commute in London's horrific traffic. Therefore, the overseeing committees promised to develop ways for eighty percent of the athletes travel less than twenty minutes to their sporting event. Other causes for concern revolve around unrelated traffic and modes of transportation for trade routes.
The overseeing committees had approximately two and a half billion euros to work with as the original budget for the Games. The budget was divided into six separate funds that covered constructing the venues and infrastructure of the Games, supporting the Paralympics, securing the events with policing services, regenerating the Lower Lea Valley, contingency funds, and the VAT. The Mayor of London pledged that the city would make a profit from the Games. The proceeds for funding the Games stem from the private sector, corporate sponsorship, merchandising, broadcasting revenue, and ticket sales. An Oxford study conducted by two students revealed that the London 2012 Games rank at the top of the most costly Summer Olympic Games in the history of the event. While the 2012 London Games will employ many workers, a vast selection of volunteers will perform a variety of tasks before, during, and after the Olympic Games. Tourists will pay roughly twenty to two thousand euros per sporting event, depending on the popularity and available seating, especially for first-class seats at swimming and gymnastics events.
Follow these links to learn more about the preparations made for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games:
- The Venues of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games
- Before, During and After Making Most of the Events at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games (PDF)
- London 2012 Reveals the Games-Time Look for Olympic Venues
- Healthy Travel to the 2012 Olympic Games
- London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (PDF)
- Annual Report on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Published
- The Budget for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and Heritage
- Impacts of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games (PDF)
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