Taking stock 1,000 days before London 2012
– 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.