The main location for the London Olympic Games is the newly developed Olympic Park in the east part of London. It will be the proud site for quite a number of exciting games. With a seating capacity of around 180 thousand viewers, this venue will definitely be the main highlight of the Olympic event this year.
London has emerged as true leader in the race for hosting the 30th Olympic Games. Winning over rivals in 4 rounds of voting and inspection at various International Olympic Committee meetings, London emerged as the sole location in the 117th session of the IOC which was held in Singapore.
As per the rivals were concerned, London had tough competition from a little less than ten cities all over the world. These include the French capital of Paris, Havana, Moscow, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Leipzig, New York and Istanbul. Among these magical cities, the more deserving five were declared by the IOC on 18th of May 2004, as:
The finishing verdict came on the 6th of July, 2005, at 117th IOC Session held in Singapore wherein London came out as the triumphant to host the 30th Olympic Games. It swept straight majority by snatching 54 votes out of 104, thus keeping just 50 votes to be shared among the rivals. Minutes from 117th IOC Session held on 6th July, 2005: Voting for the City to host 30th Olympics are:
Central venues for the games will be the Olympic Stadium along with Velodrome, Aquatics Centre, & BMX circuit. Situated at various short distances, these arenas will be connected through simple walkways and bridges. Arenas for hockey, handball & basketball will also be nearby and inside the Olympic Park. The park will be quite near the Olympic village which will be quite comforting for the officials and the participants as they will then have to spend quite a less amount of time in reaching their respective venues. Some esteemed venues of sports such as Wembley for football, All-England Badminton Court and Lord’s Cricket Ground for all archery & horse guard parade for the beach volleyball-will also be highlighted in the London Olympics and Paralympics.
London Games will be a sixty day festival starting from 27th of July this year, enclosing exciting sport events and cultural acts across UK with some superb events that include 26 Olympic contests in 34 venues and 20 Paralympics contests in 21 venues. With over 15000 combined Paralympics and Olympic athletes in the games. Expectations are that over 20,000 media officials from all over the world will be present covering the location and a sale of above 9 million tickets is expected this time.
Below we have some brief details of the competitors in the Race to host the Olympics 2012:
With a population of about 3.2 million, Madrid is one of the most pleasant cities of the world. Madrid gave the idea of sustainable, growth oriented and environment conservative games which would have held in three bunches. These bunches will be comprising of an Olympic village which will be closely located near the main city as well as various gaming arenas.
Moscow has shown a consistent declination in its population from quite a number of years and it is expected that it further climbed down from10.4 million to 9.9 million. On the contrast, Population at the outskirts of the city is on an increase. Moscow faired quite nicely in the 1980 Olympic Games where the concept of “Olympic River” simply created majestic experience in the games. It would have served as a great location as it has all the important buildings such as International Broadcast Centre & Main Press Centre adjacent to the Moscow River also Olympic village &the games’ location.
New York, or the Big Apple, was considered to be the strongest contender among all for the race of the host. Being one of the most popular cities of the world, NY proposed the venue to be nearer to the IBC and MPC. It also proposed three Olympic venues: Olympic Square, Olympic Riverfront and the Olympic Park which would have been hosting the majority Olympic and Paralympics games.
Paris is likely to show a small growth in its population from 11.1 million to about 11.5 million in this year. With the image of long history between the games and the French, Paris played a significant role in the candidature process of selecting the host of Olympic Games. It proposed the concept of two bunches of venues that would host around 17 contests.