London Mayor upbeat over upcoming OlympicsJuly 20th, 2012 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 20 (IANS) London’s Mayor Boris Johnson Friday insisted that the London Olympic Games would be a huge success.
Just a week before the opening ceremony July 27 and on the day that the Olympic torch arrived in London after travelling around the British Isles, there are doubts about security of the Games, given the failure of the security firm, G4S to supply security staff, which had led to troops and police being drafted in to cover for any shortfall, reports Xinhua.
There have also been revelations over unsold tickets for events, mainly football, which have cast a shadow over the run in to the Games, although it should also be pointed out that London 2012 has seen more football tickets sold than any previous Games.
Johnson certainly prefers to look on the optimistic side of things as he wrote a rallying call in The Sun Newspaper.
“We are about to stage the greatest show on earth in the greatest city on earth, and if you believe much of the media we are all in the grip of paralysing stage fright,” he writes.
“We worry about security, when we always planned to have a strong military role in making our games as safe as possible.”
“We are nervous about our Olympic accommodation - when our Stratford village is already being showered with foreign praise. In just over a week London is going to raise the curtain on a gigantic festival of sport and culture,” continued Johnson, who praised the Olympic Park and the efforts made by the British capital to impress visitors.
“On every side they will see proof of London being the cultural capital of the world. I’m not just talking about a few fire-eaters, or chaps painted silver making jerky movements. The bridges on the river will be lit up with state of the art displays,” said the Mayor.
He also said the Games had created around 37,000 jobs and that he and others would look to capitalize on them to attract investment.
“I know they will be dazzled and they are all here because of the Games. If we get it right we can make the Olympics a big winner for investment and jobs,” he stressed, saying all he was worried about was whether or not Team GB could beat France and Australia.
- Coe promises 'safe and secure' Games - Jul 21, 2012
- British guard stuns paperless Cameron - Jul 31, 2012
- London mayor doesn't want to be PM - Aug 09, 2012
- London's 2012 Olympic stadium completed 'on time and under budget' - Mar 30, 2011
- Olympic rings launched on Thames - Feb 29, 2012
- Rupert Murdoch wants Boris to lead the Tories - Aug 01, 2012
- Olympics closing ceremony, a crazy mix of spicy music (Lead) - Aug 13, 2012
- London Olympic contingency tickets to go on sale - May 09, 2012
- London Olympics likely to be under budget - Feb 29, 2012
- London Olympics means $26 bn boost for Britain - Jul 29, 2012
- London Olympics motto 'Inspire a generation' unveiled - Apr 18, 2012
- London Olympics to surpass Beijing 2008: British minister - Jul 22, 2012
- London Olympic Village sold for 557 mn - Aug 14, 2011
- Olympic football: Pele hoping for historic Brazil victory - Aug 10, 2012
- West Ham beat Tottenham for Olympic Stadium takeover bid - Feb 12, 2011
Tags: art displays, boris johnson, british isles, fire eaters, greatest show on earth, jerky movements, london 2012, london mayor, military role, olympic accommodation, olympic games, olympic park, olympic torch, opening ceremony, optimistic side, previous games, security firm, security staff, stage fright, xinhua