British officials say they’ve made a last minute security upgrade ahead of the London Olympics which kick off on Friday.
An extra 1,200 troops will be deployed to protect key venues following the scandal surrounding a private firm that was due to protect the 17-day event.
More than 18,000 military personnel will now be involved.
“The reason this decision has been taken is just to absolutely de-risk any element of the programme. With three days to go, we just want to make sure this absolutely works without any worry at all,” said Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of the Games’ organising committee, LOCOG.
The additional troop deployment is a further embarrassment for security firm G4S. The British company was awarded a 320 million euro contract to train thousands of guards. But with just weeks to go, it was forced to admit it had hired and trained just a third of the required number.