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Olympics News Archive - May 2008

On this page we have archived news items from May 2008. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites and some of the pages on these sites may have been changed or removed since we added them here.

UK public want to see more Paralympic sport
A recent survey shows 69 per cent of the UK public would like to see more media coverage of Paralympic sport. 93 per cent of those polled believe Paralympic athletes are good role models for young people.
1st May 2008

Ever fancied sailing?
The sailing events for the 2012 Olympics will be held at Weymouth and Portland's Sailing Academy, and ever since interest in sailing in Dorset has grown. Weymouth-based sailor and Olympic hopeful Jon Emmett talks to BBC Radio Solent's Charlie Crocker.
2nd May 2008

Construction sets sail on London 2012 venue
Construction work has started on the first venue outside of the Olympic Park - the improvement of Sailing facilities at Weymouth and Portland in Dorset.
2nd May 2008

London 2012 statement on Mayoral elections
London 2012 has issued a statement on the London Mayoral elections, held on Thursday 1 May.
3rd May 2008

Village site cleared for construction
The construction of the Olympic Village is on track to start this summer, following the clearance of the area that will link the Village and VeloPark during the Games.
7th May 2008

£2m sculpture designs revealed
Five designs for a £2m hilltop landmark in Kent, which will be visible from road, rail and air, have been unveiled.
7th May 2008

In Pictures: £2m future landmark
Photo gallery of proposed £2m landmark sculptures to mark the new Ebbsfleet International station.
7th May 2008

O'Connell secures lone GB place
Alex O'Connell will be Britain's only fencing competitor at the Beijing Olympics after his strong showing in a zonal sabre qualifying tournament.
8th May 2008

Velodrome contract awarded
The contract to build the Velodrome has been awarded by the Olympic Delivery Authority. ISG InteriorExterior won the contract, meaning UK firms are now contracted to build the three major sporting venues in the Olympic Park.
8th May 2008

Olympic Park readied for 'big build'
Nearly all of the 2.5 sq km Olympic Park site has now been tested for harmful materials in preparation for the start of construction.
9th May 2008

Planning confirmed for Aquatics Centre
Local people, faith groups, community groups and swimming clubs were all consulted on the detailed plans, before planning permission was granted for the Aquatics Centre.
14th May 2008

Olympic Park cabling project completed
The underground cabling that will allow powerlines to move into tunnels under the Olympic Park has been completed. It will mean more than 50 overhead pylons can be taken down across the Park.
15th May 2008

Search starts for contractor to build Rowing venue
The Eton College Rowing Centre, at Dorney Lake, will host Flatwater Canoeing and Kayak as well as the Rowing events during the Games. The 2,200m course has a separate return lane, recently constructed to international standards.
16th May 2008

Victorian cobbled street discovered on Olympic Park
A cobbled street thought to be over 150 years old has been found by archaeologists on the site of the London 2012 VeloPark. The area is being investigated because it is the site of a Knights Templar water mill built between 1185 and 1278.
19th May 2008

Sports success
(Audio) Discussion on how good are we as a nation at sport on the international stage and whether it really does matter. Guests: Mihir Bose (BBC Sports Editor), Greg Searle (MBE - Portfolio Director, Lane4 Performance Development Consultancy), Profess
20th May 2008

Lloyds TSB launches 'Local Heroes'
London 2012 partner Lloyds TSB has launched a 'Local Heroes' programme providing over £1million to young sportspeople on the journey to London 2012.
20th May 2008

Consultation events open for local residents
People living near the Olympic Park are being encouraged to attend consultation events for the proposed International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC).
20th May 2008

Mayor appoints LOCOG board representative
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has appointed Carphone Warehouse Co-founder David Ross as his nominee to represent him on the board of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).
21st May 2008

IOC Coordination Commission visit underway
The International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission (CoCom) has started a three day visit to London for an update on plans and progress on the London 2012 Games.
21st May 2008

IOC 'greatly impressed' with progress
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) rated London 2012 preparations 9.75 out of 10 following a three-day review.
22nd May 2008

Prime Minister sees construction start three months early
The Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell visited the Olympic Park today to see the start of construction on the Olympic Stadium site.
22nd May 2008

IOC 'greatly impressed' with progress
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) rated London 2012 preparations 9.75 out of 10 following a three-day review.
22nd May 2008

Washington offer for London 2012
American 400 metre runner Tyree Washington has told BBC London 94.9 that he would like a role in the London 2012 Olympics.
23rd May 2008

Robertson targets 2012 minus Emms
Nathan Robertson plans to compete at the London 2012 Olympics even though his badminton mixed doubles partner, Gail Emms, will retire after the Beijing Games.
28th May 2008

Sport venues in Paralympics bid
Nine East Midlands venues have been shortlisted as possible training camps for the 2012 Paralympics. Among those being promoted at this year's event in Beijing, are the Nottingham Tennis Centre and the National Water Sports Centre.
28th May 2008

Potential Pre-Games Training facilities for Paralympic Games announced
Over 170 sporting facilities from around the UK will feature in London 2012's Pre-Games Training Camp Guide for Paralympic sports.
28th May 2008

Materials contract awarded for Olympic Park
The contract to provide materials such as sand, gravel, crushed stone and recycled concrete needed for the construction of venues and infrastructure in the Olympic Park has been awarded.
28th May 2008

Olympics to use uni sport centre
The University of the West of England is to be included in the pre-games training camp guide for the 2012 Olympics for Paralympics sports. The Bristol Centre for Sport was chosen for the honour by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
28th May 2008

Full steam ahead for accessible transport
The London 2012 Accessible Transport Strategy has been launched at an event held at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
30th May 2008

Venue success in Paralympic bid
A planned £11m sporting venue on Wearside has been named as an official Paralympic training base for the London 2012 Olympics.
1st June 2008

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