IOC says preparation for Olympics "falling into place"

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today completed their report on their three-day visit to London last week – claiming that “preparations are advancing at an astonishing rate”, reports Breaking Travel News.

Led by its chairman, Denis Oswald, the IOC inspected all of the event venues earmarked for Olympic activities – including Wembley Arena, Earls Court and Olympic Park’s new velodrome. Mr Oswald was reported as saying “We can see the pieces of the puzzle falling into place now, and the big picture is rapidly becoming visible.”

The IOC also requested an update on the “unhappiness in the East End”, after local residents had voiced concerns over how the Olympics will affect their day-to-day lives. The original marathon route was changed last September, to run through Tower Hamlets, the East End and finishing in the centre of London. Runners will pass St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament.

During their visit, the body also reviews the marketing and security of the test events, scheduled to happen one year before the Olympics, in summer 2011. A member of the IOC’s executive board, Sir Reedie, said today “In general, they [the inspectors] are very happy with London’s preparations – now they will be wanting the organising committee to move on as quickly as possible with anything outstanding. They will want satisfaction that the changes to the marathon route are in place.”

The chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, John Armitt, voiced his confidence in the project – “We will enter 2011 with the confidence that more than three-quarters of the construction project is complete, and that all milestones to date have been achieved.”