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With One Year To Go, The 2012 Olympics Are On Track

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 27, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
The Chairman of the London Olympic Organizing Committee, Sebastian Coe, is pleased with how well the planning and execution have gone thus far. Photo: Dezeen

The Chairman of the London Olympic Organizing Committee, Sebastian Coe, is pleased with how well the planning and execution have gone thus far. Photo: Dezeen

Nearly 90 percent of the construction has been completed on schedule.

The chairman of the London Olympic Organizing Committee (LOCOG), Sebastian Coe, is pleased. With one year to go until the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he considers everything to be going according to plan.

He’s probably right. All six permanent venues have been completed according to schedule.

“We are absolutely where we want to be,” Coe said. However, he understands that a lot of work is left to be done. “I know how complicated this is, and I have never kidded myself about it. When the construction is done, our work [as organizing committee] has just begun.”

The Olympic Delivery Authority, the organization responsible for building the new venues, has reported that 88 percent of the work has been completed. The LOCOG now as the responsibility of fitting out the venues.

However good things appear to be going, the Olympics aren’t without controversy. There has been public frustration with the ticketing process. Expectations had been set that everyone would get tickets to some venues they had requested. This is turning out not to be the case.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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