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Olympics News Archive - June 2008

On this page we have archived news items from June 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.

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

Construction begins on Olympic Village
Building work has started on the Olympic Village, which will accommodate athletes and officials during the London 2012 Games and provide thousands of new homes after 2012.
3rd June 2008

Shooter Owen aims for London 2012
Shropshire clay-pigeon shooter Owen Huffer has attracted the attention of the sport's top coaches, just a year after first picking up a gun. The 14-year-old from Ludlow is now in the frame for being groomed for the 2012 London Olympics.
4th June 2008

Firms join 2012 Olympics agency
Up to 18,000 companies have signed up to a business "dating agency" designed to match them to contracts for the 2012 Olympics in London.
5th June 2008

IOC approves changes to Park venues
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved four design changes to the Olympic Park to enhance usage after 2012. Fencing, which was to be held in a temporary venue on the Olympic Park, will move into ExCeL London - already a Games venue.
5th June 2008

Small UK businesses benefitting from the Games
Seventy per cent of companies that have supplied work to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) are small and medium-sized (SME) businesses.
5th June 2008

Inspired by 2012
London 2012 has launched a 'mark' to recognise outstanding non-commercial projects and events inspired by the Games. The Inspire mark is part of the London 2012 brand family.
6th June 2008

2012 inspires free swimming plans
Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell today announced a Government drive to inspire two million more people to get active, inspired by London 2012. At the heart of the drive is a new £140 million fund to boost sport and fitness through free swimming for the ove
6th June 2008

Local children's artwork displayed around Olympic Park
Children from local schools yesterday attended an event where their artwork was unveiled on the hoardings around the Park. Children from 16 schools took part in the community engagement project.
11th June 2008

Plan for Olympic screen for city
Norwich could be getting a permanent big screen to show the 2012 Olympics and other live events. The Norwich City Council plan is for the screen to be above the entrance to the Chapelfield shopping centre.
12th June 2008

Saudi women vie for Olympic rights
Eight years after the Sydney Olympics Hadi Souan Somayli still finds it hard to talk about the 400 metres hurdles final. He led for 399 metres but at the finishing line US sprinter Angelo Taylor surged forward to take gold.
13th June 2008

Children and young people to celebrate Paralympic Handover
A new website has launched with resources to get schools and colleges involved in celebrating Paraympic Handover on 17 September.
16th June 2008

London 2012 invites the UK to party
London 2012 has announced a free party 40,000 people on The Mall. It will mark the moment the UK officially becomes host of the Olympic Games, on 24 August.
16th June 2008

In pictures: Your Olympic mascots
The Magazine asked readers to devise a mascot for the 2012 Olympics in London. A Gallery.
18th June 2008

1500m legends mark 1,500 days to go
Two of Britain's great 1,500m runners joined forces to mark 1,500 days to go to the London 2012 Games.
18th June 2008

Foundation work piles on fast on Olympic Stadium site
Over half of the 4,000 reinforced concrete columns that will form part of the foundations for the Olympic Stadium have been installed.
19th June 2008

Get Set London roadshow back for the summer
The Get Set London roadshow will be touring the capital again in the summer, following its success earlier this year. The roadshow explains the opportunities created by the 2012 Games - including business, jobs, training and cultural activities.
20th June 2008

Coe rejects London Games cynics
Lord Coe says the London Olympic games will leave a positive educational legacy by "changing attitudes" among young people. The chairman of the 2012 organising committee rejected the stereotyping of young people as "hoodies".
20th June 2008

Road management contract awarded
The contract to manage and maintain roads within the Olympic Park has been awarded. This will help to reduce congestion and enable construction traffic to move safely and efficiently around the Park.
23rd June 2008

Devon weightlifter targets Games
Devon weightlifter Sonny Webster has said he has the Olympics in his sights after breaking two national records. He lifted 76 kilos in the snatch and 94 kilos in the clean and jerk to make him the best ever lifter for his age in Britain.
24th June 2008

Foundation work underway on Park bridge
Work has begun on the foundations on one of the 30 bridges being built across the Olympic Park. This new permanent bridge will span Carpenters Road, creating an important link for construction traffic between the north and south of the site
24th June 2008

First annual citizen week for pupils underway
Pupils from schools across the country are being encouraged to ask what it means to be British and celebrate diversity as part of the first 'Who Do We Think We Are? Week'.
24th June 2008

Local children dig into the Olympic Park past
Over 200 children from local schools and community groups are attending a week-long series of archaeology events to find out about the history of the Olympic Park.
25th June 2008

UK's favourite Olympic Champions unveiled
The National Lottery has unveiled the UK's favourite Olympic Champions on a new Scratchcard raising funds for London 2012.
25th June 2008

London 2012 commits to Greenwich consultation
London 2012 has outlined its commitment to working with local residents to address their concerns about the use of Greenwich Park in the run-up to and during the London 2012 Games.
26th June 2008

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