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2012 London Olympics – Interesting Facts and Figures

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Some interesting facts about the London Games:

• 46 world championships in 27 days

• 4 billion + TV audience

• 205 nations

• 10,500 Olympic athletes

• 4000 Paralympics athletes

• 70,000 volunteers

• 20,000 media

• 10 million tickets

• 32 venues constructed

• 800+ pre-training venues

• 26 Olympic events

• 20 Paralympics events

• 6,000 coaches and officials

• 63,400 uniforms (1,000,000 items)

• 140,000 square metres of temporary facilities

• 30 new bridges built in Olympic park

• 4,000 trees planted

• 150,000 temporary seats

• 50,000 hotel rooms

• Up to 60 thousand meals daily provided in the village

• 10 million litres of fuel

• 1 million pieces of sports equipment

• An accredited workforce of over 150,000

• 113 sponsors, with 15,000 guests

• Over 250,000 m2 of athletes’ apartments

• 15,000 beds in Olympic Village

• 12 million meals (including spectators)

• 5,000 vehicles

• 1,000 magnetometer search arches

• 500 UK businesses have won around £5 billion worth of Games-related contracts.

• 11,000 new homes built

• 5 new neighbourhoods established, each with a distinct character

• The 115m ArcelorMittal Orbit will be the tallest sculpture in the UK

• After the Games have finished, the new Olympic Park will become one of the largest urban parks created within Europe for more than 150 years.


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Spectator dies of heart attack during Pak-India T20 match

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Bangalore: A 47-year-old cricket fan died following a heart attack while watching the first India-Pakistan T20 match on Tuesday at the Chinnaswamy stadium, a senior police official said.

“Kamal Jain, who was watching the match from the stands, felt uneasy during the 18th over when Pakistan was batting. Though he was rushed to the nearby Mallya hospital by ambulance, he died after admission,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravi Kante Gowda told media.

Mr Jain, who originally hailed from Odisha, was working in a private firm in Bangalore.

As he complained of breathing trouble, his family members, who were also present in the stands, carried him out of the stadium and rushed him to the hospital, less than 1km from the venue.

“No case is being registered as it was a natural death. It was a coincidence that he was in the stadium then when he felt uneasy as he was not able to breathe properly. It’s sad,” Mr Gowda added.

India lost to Pakistan by five wickets in a thriller.

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Security remains in doubt as Olympic games begin in few hours

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London (Jago News) — As tens of thousands of athletes, team officials and visitors gather in London ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday, security is paramount for the Games organizers and British authorities.

And perhaps the biggest headache of all is the challenge of safeguarding the more than 100 heads of state and foreign dignitaries who will attend the opening ceremony at the Olympic Park — Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney among them.

But should visitors and competitors be worried?

Security concerns hit the headlines this month when it emerged that private security contractor G4S, which was supposed to have provided 10,400 guards for the Olympics and Paralympics, would not be able to deliver.

As a result, the government is deploying 18,200 troops — many more than planned and almost twice as many as are in Afghanistan — in order to remedy the shortfall. About 1,200 of those were called up just this week after being placed on standby.

Nonetheless, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the minister responsible for the Games, said Tuesday that the government “continues to have every confidence that we will deliver a safe and secure Games.”

The decision to call up the extra troops was down to ministers’ determination to “leave nothing to chance,” as they prepare for the largest peacetime event ever staged in Britain, he said.

“G4S numbers continue to rise significantly and we have every expectation that will continue to be the case,” Hunt added.

With just a day to go before the opening ceremony, G4S said it had around 5,800 security personnel deployed at Olympic venues, with more being trained and accredited “each day.” Last week, it said it hoped to have 7,000 fully accredited by the start of the Games, still thousands fewer than it was contracted to provide.

While the recruitment failure by G4S is highly embarrassing for the company, the Games’ organizers insist that their contingency planning will keep everyone safe.

Security officials in the United States say they are supporting the host nation’s efforts during the Games.
The U.S. intelligence community has set up a 24/7 center to analyze all threat information coming in during the Olympics in London, a senior American counterterrorism official said Wednesday.

People with tickets for Olympic events have been sent e-mails giving details of the security requirements for each venue. These include airport-style limits on the size of bags that can be carried and the quantity of liquids that can be taken in.

One such e-mail reads, “Be prepared for security checks when you arrive: this will be like taking an international flight at an airport. It will be busy and you will have to queue, so get there early.”
The 18,200 British military personnel deployed for the Games are to help out with the security checks and stewarding at venues, as well as specialist tasks such as bomb disposal and sniffer dog searches.

The Royal Navy’s largest ship, the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, is moored in the Thames off Greenwich, where it will be a base for helicopter operations and house troops providing security at the Greenwich Park Olympic venue.

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