London 2012 Games & Legacy
Inside this issue
• The capital’s preparations are going strong, for the time being
• Construction delays that afflicted Wembley football stadium and the Scottish parliament building in Holyrood appear to have been avoided - -
Any athlete getting ready for the Olympics sees the three years up to the event as a short time for preparation.
From his base on the 23rd floor of an east London tower block, Lord Coe is well placed to monitor progress on the city’s Olympic project.
The legacy to be left by the 2012 games for some poorer parts of the capital was at the heart of London’s Olympic bid.
“The Olympics can no more have a deficit than a man can have a baby.” So said Montreal’s mayor Jean Drapeau after the city’s winning bid to host the 1976 games.
Looking north from the Olympic Delivery Authority’s offices in Canary Wharf, east London, there is a striking sight.
The recession has seen some long-term sponsors end their association with the games. Robert Orr questions whether this will have an impact on London in 2012.
Bob Sherwood explains why employees will gain, as well as the athletes
Kathrin Hille finds spectators queuing to get into the venues even without an event to watch
Bob Sherwood looks at the effect on the local area
Tricia Holly Davis examines what has happened to London’s pledge to stage the greenest games in history