Coe hails Olympic test events a success

May 10th, 2012 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 10 (IANS) London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) president Sebastian Coe hailed the ‘London Prepares’ series a success as the final London 2012 test event - the London Disability Athletics Challenge - concluded, signalling the end of 42 events.

In less than 12 months, LOCOG has delivered 42 test events in 28 venues allowing approximately 350,000 spectators to enjoy world class sport in Olympic venues.

Across the 183 days of competition, spanning all Olympic sports and disciplines and six Paralympic sports, there were 25,000 workforce involved including many Games Makers who will volunteer over the summer. Taking part were 8,000 elite athletes competing in new, existing and temporary venues, Xinhua reported.

Coe said: “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.

“We have done just this and all these events, without exception, have gone well. Of course there will be some lessons learned from each event, but 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.”

Over the past six days the final seven test events have taken place, five of which were within the Olympic Park, enabling Park operations including spectator flows, security and ticketing to be tested.

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