Wednesday, July 06, 2005

And the winner is.....

London will host the 30th Olympiad in 2012. The announcement has just been made in Singapore by the Olympic President Jacques Rogge with thousands of spectators hanging on every word over in Trafalgar Square.

The city of London last hosted the Olympic flame back in 1948 with Wembley stadium being the centrepeice of the post-war olympic village. Wembley has of course changed considerably since but the 2012 games will be hosted at a custom built complex in Stratford, East London.

Paris looked sombre, London looks jubulant but isn't it time that the UK held one of the very best worldwide sporting events, especially after Manchester did such a sterling job of hosting the commonwealth games in 2002.

My congratulations to everyone involved with the London bid and I hope that today will mark the start of a new, Golden Age for British sport.

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