London readies for one-year Olympic countdown

Event spaces throughout London will host a multitude of sporting and cultural events to mark the one-year Olympic countdown.

More than 1,200 events will take place this week until 27 July, when the celebrations will finally culminate into a huge ceremonial party in Trafalgar Square.

Function venues are expected to be jam-packed with early revellers gearing up for the one-year mark by hosting their own parties.

As well as celebrities, corporate sponsors, and sporting ambassadors, a swathe of UK politicians and Olympics’ grandees are expected at the Trafalgar Square ceremony on Wednesday. Jacques Rogge, who heads the International Olympic Committee, is due to attend along with London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Johnson told BBC News that the ceremony marks the “most important milestone to date on the journey to the London Games.

“We will be looking forward to next summer with great excitement,” he said, adding that the Olympic venues are close to completion.

“Our venues are nearly all complete and our preparations to ensure all our visitors can experience the Games wherever they are in the capital are well advanced. With a year to go we can safely say we are ready to welcome the world,” he gushed.

London24.com additionally reports that the event will be broadcast on the BBC around the globe and will replace the traditional prime-time TV slot of 7pm.

Young Team GB hopeful Tom Daley will make a splash in the new Aquatics Centre during the programming in a bid to drive domestic and global enthusiasm for the Games.