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Riots are no problem for London's Olympic preparations

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Riots are no problem for London's Olympic preparations


Despite this week’s riots, London is continuing to prepare for hosting next year’s Olympic Games. The closest the violence came to the Olympic site is Hackney in north east London, only 6.5 kilometres away. It was badly hit on Monday night.

However, Olympic organising committee chairman Sebastian Coe said he was positive about everything being in hand.

“We’ve had a week of fabulous test events in the city that has responded to a significant challenge. But what do we know at the end of the week? We’ve had great events and spectators and all the things we need a year out from the Olympic Games,” said Lord Coe.

Test events have run smoothly and the International Olympic Committee says it is confident in London’s ability to do a good job next year. Other sporting events in London have been affected by the riots – England’s football match against the Netherlands which was due to be played on Wednesday night had to be postponed.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Premiership opener against Everton on Saturday has also been called off.

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