17 June 2011

Boris tackles sports participation

Boris Johnson today launched a Rugby Football Union initiative to get more adults involved in the game.

As part of his drive to get Londoners from every corner of the capital more active and boost sporting participation in the run up to and after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Mayor is investing £115,000 from the Mayor's 2012 Sports Legacy Fund to provide free Touch Rugby sessions in the workplace

The Mayor used the 'O2 Touch' event at Tower Bridge to share his determination to increase participation in the sport by encouraging people to try touch rugby. Figures show that the number of adults playing the game at least once a week has dropped from 230,000 in 2009 to 177,900 at the most recent update.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport | Tags: Olympics, Rugby, Sport, Touch london

10 June 2011

Slam dunk for London 2012

Basketball's Olympic home has become the fifth venue - and fourth venue in the Park - to be finished ahead of next summer's Games.

The 12,000-seat Arena was finished in just 15 months - one of the quickest builds - and can be completely dismantled and reconstructed elsewhere, after the Games.

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Categories: London, Olympics | Tags: Basketball arena, London 2012, Olympic park

08 June 2011

Richmond gears up for Olympics

Boris Johnson was in Richmond last night meeting residents and promoting the borough's efforts to boost cycling ahead of next year's Olympics.

Richmond is playing host to the Olympic Games Road Cycling competition next year and to boost cycling in the borough and encourage more people to jump on their bikes the borough is putting on a Strictly Cycling programme.

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Categories: London, Olympics | Tags: Cycling, London, Olympics, Richmond

19 May 2011

Olympics venue up for Building of the Year

London's Olympic Games are already up for an award after one of the key venues was selected to compete for Building of the Year.

The Velodrome, with its distinctive sweeping roof and pale pink cladding, was included in the long list for the award, after winning a design award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Categories: London, Olympics | Tags: Boris johnson, London, Mayor, Olympics, Sport, Velodrome

18 April 2011

London's Olympic build going swimmingly

The 180,000th and final tile was laid at the Aquatics Centre by Paralympic swimming champion Liz Johnson. The centre, designed by Zaha Hadid and featuring a 160-metre wave-shaped roof, is well on track for an on-time completion this summer. To mark 500 days until the start of London Games, the 26 year-old visited the pool where she hopes to win gold next summer.

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Categories: London, Olympics | Tags: Aquatic centre, London, Olympics, Paralympics

01 April 2011

Boris delivers on London 2012 preparations

The chief Olympics inspector today praised London's preparations for next summer's Games, saying the capital is at the same stage as Athens was the day before the Games opened there in 2004. The Olympic Stadium has already been completed, trees and plants are taking root around the site, and an entire block within the athlete's village is finished.

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Categories: London, Olympics | Tags: Achievements, London, Olympics

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