It is July 29, 2012. I am on a bus with other journalists being whisked through South-East London on a lane reserved for Olympic vehicles. Beside us, I am uncomfortably aware, snakes a long queue of non-Olympic traffic. It is at this point that I spot a road sign that makes me do a double-take. It says: “Ha Ha Road Closed.”
I later checked on a city map and there is, improbably, a Ha Ha Road in that area of the UK capital. No matter: imagine that you don’t know that and you are an ordinary motorist enduring a journey that is taking much longer than it should because the Olympic circus is in town. And then you see that sign. How do you suppose it makes you feel?Continue reading
The first word uttered by Thomas Bach as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, at around 12.42 p.m. today, may not have been very Presidential, but it tells you that this was no cake-walk.
The 59-year-old German’s clear-cut — but not landslide — victory in the Argentinean capital, in the race to become only the ninth president in the IOC’s more than century-old existence, was a triumph of sustained hard work, some would say over more than two decades.
Whenever I see the United States 110 meters hurdler David Oliver I am always pleasantly relieved that his head remains on his shoulders. Three years ago, I chatted to this powerfully built and affable product of Denver, Colorado as we traveled on an open-top bus around the 2012 Olympic Park as part of the publicity drive – as it were – for the following day’s London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace. As we caught a distant glimpse of the as-yet unfinished Olympic Stadium, Oliver – who is six feet, two inches tall – rose from his seat on the top deck to get a picture of it on his mobile phone. A low bridge loomed suddenly in front of us. And had the American not sat down just as suddenly after deeming his snap satisfactory then, well, as I say, it’s nice to see he remains in one piece.Continue reading
C K Wu, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) President currently campaigning to take up the most powerful position in world sport as the leader of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has said he would be available to help London re-start its Olympic Museum project.Continue reading
A resolution will be found to the current row over Russia’s new controversial anti-gay law that is overshadowing the build-up to Sochi 2014, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Ser Miang Ng claimed yesterday at Forman’s Fish Island in London. Continue reading
The scale of success achieved at the London 2012 Games has become clearer and more vivid over the past year, providing a new blueprint for the planning and delivery of major events worldwide. There has been much discussion about how London organizers were able to achieve such universally, highly regarded Games events and experiences, and why the Games worked so well.Continue reading