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Olympics News Archive - February 2009

On this page we have archived news items from February 2009. 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.

£2m landmark on course for 2012
Organisers of the 'angel of the south' sculpture in Kent are still hoping it will be in place for the London 2012 Olympics, despite the recession.
2nd February 2009

ODA statement on the nationality of the Olympic Park workforce
Following coverage of the nationality of the workforce on the Olympic Park site, the Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt gave a stement on the 3,046 strong workforce on the Olympic Park in October 2008.
3rd February 2009

London 2012 appoints Freshfields as Tier Three provider
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been chosen as the official Legal Services provider to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
3rd February 2009

Phelps could miss 2012 Olympics
Swimming superstar Michael Phelps has doubts over whether he will compete at the London Olympics in 2012, after the publication of a photo appearing to show him smoking marijuana at a party.
5th February 2009

Welsh company provides steel for Aquatics Centre roof supports
New images have been published showing the final preparations for the first sections of the Aquatics Centre roof to be lifted into place.
6th February 2009

St Etienne 'may pen Olympic song'
Pop group Saint Etienne say they have ambitions to write a song for the Olympic Games when they come to London in 2012. The band previously made a film about east London's Lower Lea Valley, where the Olympic Stadium is being built.
6th February 2009

Brown pays tribute to GB success
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has paid tribute to the achievements of the British team at the Beijing Olympics. And he also stated his desire to see a Great British football team at the 2012 Olympics.
8th February 2009

Leisure centre for Olympic town
A major £30m-worth leisure attraction is set to be built in west Dorset in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. Castle Court will be created on eight acres of derelict land next to Portland Castle, to be developed.
8th February 2009

Phelps ponders competing in 2012
Swimming superstar Michael Phelps has said he is feeling "happier" as he weighs up whether to compete at the 2012 Olympics in London.
10th February 2009

'Clear vision' for 2012 venue use
There is now a "clear vision" for the use of London's Olympic site after the 2012 Games, the mayor has said. Boris Johnson said detailed plans for the long-term use of the east London site would deliver a lasting legacy.
10th February 2009

ParalympicsGB inspired by trip to the Park
A group of team managers and performance directors from ParalympicsGB visited the Olympic Park yesterday and had a briefing session with the LOCOG Sport team to update them an all current plans for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
11th February 2009

Handball Arena gets planning approval
Following a public meeting, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Planning Committee has recommended the Handball Arena planning application for approval. It will now be passed to the Greater London Authority for planning permission to be granted.
11th February 2009

Pupils lead 'good luck' message to Vancouver 2010
Primary school pupils in London filmed a special message for Vancouver 2010 to mark one year to go to the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
12th February 2009

Energy Centre progress hots up
New images have been released showing the progress being made on the site of the Energy Centre, which will provide an efficient power, heating and cooling system across the Park both during and after the Games.
13th February 2009

BA helps to find new Great Britons
London 2012 partner British Airways has launched a £500,000 fund to help talented young people achieve their dreams.
17th February 2009

Plans launched to help spectators 'ride or stride' to the 2012 Games
London 2012 has outlined how it will improve the walking and cycling routes to venues so more spectators can 'ride or stride' to the Games and to get to future major events.
23rd February 2009

Green light for green spaces
Plans for the parkland areas within the London 2012 Olympic Park have been approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Committee. The Park is on the site of former industrial land.
25th February 2009

UK sporting organisations come together to help support elite athletes
The raising of private-sector funds to support Olympic and Paralympic sport took a major step forward today with the announcement of a groundbreaking new partnership - 'Team 2012'.
25th February 2009

London 2012 aims to inspire with guidelines for sustainable events
London 2012 has published new guidelines to ensure its corporate and public events are organised and run in a sustainable way. It is hoped the guidelines will inspire others in the event sector to follow suit.
25th February 2009

Build starts on new bridge to help athletes to venues
Construction is underway on a new bridge that will link the Olympic Village to the rest of the Olympic Park during the 2012 Games. The 18m-high arched bridge spans rail lines within the Park and will form part of the Olympic Park Loop road in 2012.
26th February 2009

Olympic police budget to be £600m
Security and policing costs for the 2012 Olympic Games should stay within the £600m budget, the government said.
26th February 2009

New biodiversity plan sets out future for Olympic Park wildlife
Plans showing that 45 hectares of wildlife habitats will be created within the Olympic Park have been published today by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). Habitats for otters, amphibians, invertebrates and other rare wildlife will all be created.
27th February 2009

2012 Training in Lincolnshire
Gerry Sutcliffe, the Minister for Sport has been in the county visiting proposed training centres to be used in the run up to the 2012 Olympics in London.
27th February 2009

Pottery and tourism Olympic gains
An Olympic task force for Staffordshire says it has come up with a plan to help the county benefit from the 2012 Games being staged in London.
1st March 2009

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