It is the biggest prize in sport and after an almost unbearable wait IOC President Jacques Rogge announced London will host the 2012 Olympic Games. The news was greeted with screams of joy from the London bid team in Singapore, who have spent years working up to this moment. They had brought in the big guns over the last couple of days, Tony Blair spoke – in English and French – before flying to the G8 summit in Scotland. A galaxy of sporting stars including England football captain David Beckham, Olympians Steven Redgrave, Denise Lewis and more were part of the London group.
In the capital itself, Trafalgar Square erupted in celebration. There had been some scepticsm in the city over the Games, with early surveys putting support from Londoners at around two third – because of concerns over costs and congestion – but enthusiasm for the bid has grown hugely over the last few months.
The plan for 2012 will focus on the regeneration of 500-acres of land in Stratford in the East End. Lord Coe and his team want to transform it into a futuristic Olympic Park.There will be an 80,000 seater stadium, an athlete’s village – which will be turned into affordable housing after the Games – and a string of other sporting venues. This lasting sports legacy may have been one of the factors which swung it for London.The city is also playing to its real strengths, history and tradition, by using some of its most famous landmarks to stage various events – beach volleyball in Horse Guards Parade, Wimbledon for tennis and the Millenium Dome for gymnastics and football