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7 Years to the day until the XXX Olympiad


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On this day in 7 years time the London 2012 Olympic Park will stage the Opening Ceremony for the XXX Olympiad.

This morning on BBC Breakfast news they broadcast live from the site of the Aquatics Centre, where ground work is underway, and where construction begins in December.

During the news segment, a London 2012 Bid team member was interviewed to speak about we can expect to see in the Opening Ceremony and also the hand-over ceremony in Beijing in 3 years time.  Nothing was given away of course, but preparations have already begun.

The Olympic Lottery Game will also be launched today with the introduction of the Olympic Lottery scratchcards. The British National Lottery is one of the most succesful lotteries in the world. Let's hope the scratchcards prove successful and bring in the much needed '£££' Kerching!

It's a shame that LOCOG cannot plan and organise the weather. Today London is covered in heavy grey cloud and it's been raining all night!  :(   We've not had a great summer this year, fingers crossed for 2012.

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Wow, 7 years to go!  When you consider that Barcelona was only 13 years ago and Atlanta was 9 years ago this week, the time will pass quite quickly and soon Old Queen Bess will open her second Olympaid...this time with out a jaunt across the pond.
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Here is more news about the new Olympic Lottery Scratchcard on sale from today.

The winning prize will be....wait for it..... £2012. Each ticket will cost £1 and 28 pence from every ticket will contribute to the £700,000,000+ million that the National Lottery hope to raise.

The remainder goes to tax etc.

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:D Don't worry Londoners, the seven years WILL fly as the new Olympic Park slowly comes reality.  London really only has five years to get it all built with the last two years used as a shake down time to iron out faults.  They did this in Sydney and are doing the same in Beijing...that's probibly the reason why the IOC paniced over Athens 04!!!  They wern't "ready" so to speak.
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The Stadium will be the last thing to be completed and won't be finished until 2011 so there is about a year's breathing space, not two.

The London bid requires the city to build some of the venues from scratch. The hope is that the main venues - such as the new Olympic stadium - will be built by 2011. But even by that schedule, some of the work, for example the underground link power lines that will be required, must start now. A tender process has begun.

Gareth Blacker, the director of development for the London Development Agency said: "There is a deadline. We have to deliver the Olympics by 2012. There are reputations on the line. There is no time for navel gazing."

Tessa Jowell, named yesterday as minister for the Olympics, will assume main responsibility. An Olympic delivery authority, a statutory body with its own planning powers will be formed. The legislation to bring that about was included in the Queen's speech two months ago. The established structure also calls for a separate development agency with the task of supervising the construction work.

On current projections, the new aquatics centre earmarked for Stratford will begin construction in December with the hope that it could be finished by 2008. With construction starting in 2007, the velodrome and the BMX circuit should also be ready in three years' time. Work on the hockey centre will not begin until 2010 and should be finished a year later. Temporary work will also be required for some of the established venues that will be utilised, such as Wembley, Hampden Park, Old Trafford, Lord's, the Millennium Dome, Wimbledon and Hyde Park. That will not begin until 2012.

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