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To mark the one year countdown to the London Olympics, Thomson Reuters held a Newsmaker event on July 21 with four-time Olympic medalist and chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe and Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP. Below are highlights from the evening.
Legacy of 2012 includes economic dividend: Robertson
Transport system ready for 2012 demands: Coe
Olympic ticket sell-out is coup for London: Coe
Stadium dispute threatens future Athletics bid: Robertson
Testing crucial during Olympic countdown: Coe
UK on top of Olympic security threat: Robertson
-Adrian Warner is BBC London's Olympics Correspondent. The opinions expressed are his own.-
The morning after his surprise 800 metres defeat by Steve Ovett at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Seb Coe was sitting in his bed in the Olympic village when former decathlete and close friend Daley Thompson stormed into the room. Thompson went straight to the curtains and opened them up.
To mark the one year countdown to the London Olympics, Thomson Reuters will hold a Newsmaker on July 21 at 18:30 BST with four-time Olympic medalist and chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe and Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP.
The event will begin with a speech by Coe, who won gold in the 1500m at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics, followed by a Q&A session with both guests, moderated by me, Global Sports Editor Paul Radford. The Newsmaker will be streamed live to the Reuters website and we'll provide rolling coverage of the event as it happens.
from UK News:
- Sebastian Coe is head of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. The opinions expressed are his own.-******This week the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games reached another milestone. It’s now 1,000 days until the London 2012 Olympic Games begin and many of the promises made to the International Olympic Committee, when the bid was delivered in Singapore in 2005, are taking shape.******When we won the bid, we promised 2012 would be "Everyone’s Games" and I’m honoured to see that millions of people are already inspired by, benefitting from and delivering London 2012. And as our countdown to the Games begins in earnest, there are more and more opportunities for people to get involved in London 2012 and achieve our vision of using the power of the Games to inspire lasting change.******In Singapore, we stressed that we wanted to engage young people in activity straight away and to make this a global initiative and not just one that takes hold in the UK. We are doing this. We launched International Inspiration two years ago, a worldwide programme to connect 12 million young people to sport in 20 developing countries by 2012.******Brazil, host to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is one of the countries where International Inspiration is now active. I hope Brazil, and future host cities, will carry on the work we’ve started.******I also said we would only build facilities the country really needed. It’s a promise we’ve stuck to. The Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Velodrome are rapidly taking shape and, after 2012, will remain as much needed world class facilities for athletes and the community to use.******I also said we’d use the London 2012 Games as a once-a-lifetime opportunity to transform one of the poorest parts of East London with new jobs and opportunities. We’re doing that too.******This week the Olympic Park and Village workforce hit 7,000 of which one in five, or 21 per cent, live in the five host boroughs that surround the Olympic site.******At 1,000 days to go, we’re well on our way to delivering our key promises.