City enters final year with a splash
The London Olympics entered its final year countdown on Wednesday with diver Tom Daley poised to make a splash in the newly-opened Aquatics Centre before the call goes out to the world to come and join the party.india Updated: Jul 27, 2011 23:56 IST
The London Olympics entered its final year countdown on Wednesday with diver Tom Daley poised to make a splash in the newly-opened Aquatics Centre before the call goes out to the world to come and join the party.
“With a year to go, we are inviting the athletes, spectators and visitors from around the world to come to the UK next summer. It's 'London Calling',” declared London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe.
The completion of the wave-shaped Aquatics Centre, with Daley due to make the first dive in the evening, allowed organisers to congratulate themselves on delivering the Olympic Park's permanent venues with 12 months to go, on time and on budget.
“It's a pretty big moment for us," said Coe of entering the final stretch after years of hard work -- the most important milestone on the journey so far and marked by a '1' mown into the turf at the new Olympic Stadium.
London won the bid for the Games in 2005, and will be the first city to host the Olympics for a third time after previously doing so in 1948 and 1908.
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge will formally invite the world's athletes to the Games at an evening event — at 20.12 European time — in Trafalgar Square that will give a taste of the excitement to come.
“One year to go is a special time for any host nation,” he said in a statement. “It is the moment... when Olympic dreams start to come into focus and when the world turns its attention to the city that will welcome it in only 365 days' time.”