IOC praises London 2012

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The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Coordination Commission has completed its ninth and penultimate visit to London, and has praised the efforts of organisers to bring the Games experience to the whole of the UK.

The role of the Coordination Commission is to monitor and assist the Organising Committees for the Games, ensuring that the Olympic Charter and the Host City Contract are followed and applied. Over the three days, it heard how the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and its partners were using the London Prepares series to test how they would work at Games time, learning valuable lessons in the process. Updates were provided on transport plans, education and culture, while the Commission pointed to the fact that the Games were on track to leave a great legacy for the whole of the UK. IOC Coordination Commission chairman Denis Oswald said: " We have once again been impressed by the overall level of planning and by the results of the first group of test events that were held this summer. " We are delighted that London 2012 is focused on ensuring that the experience and atmosphere inside and outside the venues are of the highest standard and that everyone can feel a part of London 2012. " The Commission acknowledged LOCOG's successful ticket programme and one year to go celebrations, as well as popular Torch Relay and volunteer programmes that are helping spread the spirit of the Games across the nation. LOCOG chair Seb Coe said. " We are delighted to receive such strong endorsement from the IOC. With only 42 Fridays until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, everyone at LOCOG is focussed on putting on Games the whole country can be proud of and a part of. " The final visit of the Commission to London will take place from 28–30 March 2012. Meanwhile, the future of the Main Press Centre and the International Broadcast Centre for London 2012 are set to be decided after the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) set a nine–week deadline for companies to bid to take over the venues after the Games. Together the two centres offer more than 1m square foot of commercial and office space. According to the OPLC, market research last year resulted in 45 expressions of interest across a range of sectors. Andrew Altman, chief executive of the OPLC, said: " The Press and Broadcast Centres have already generated a huge amount of commercial interest and we are excited to see what bids come forward. Now is the time for businesses to take up this unique offer and become part of what will be a thriving centre for enterprise and innovation in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's first commercial space. ","43

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