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Olympics News Archive - March 2009

On this page we have archived news items from March 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.

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

Countdown to 2012 in Dorset - Olympic volunteering
A short course leading to a qualification in Event Stewarding could help Dorset volunteers win a position helping out at the 2012 Olympic sailing events on Portland.
2nd March 2009

Table Tennis Manager appointed
Richard Scruton has been appointed as the London 2012 Organising Committee's Table Tennis Manager at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The competition takes place at ExCeL in east London, close to the Olympic Park.
2nd March 2009

Swimmer Davies dips into writing
The last time we saw him was being stretchered away from a lake after he narrowly missed out on an Olympic gold in Beijing.
3rd March 2009

Scots FA oppose MSP Olympic input
The Scottish, Welsh and Irish football associations oppose a British team for London 2012. The Scottish FA has warned MSPs to stay out of the debate, following a Scottish Parliament committee plan to write to Fifa seeking clarity on the issue.
4th March 2009

London 2012 appoints Rowing Manager
Ann-Louise Morgan has been appointed as the London 2012 Organising Committee's Rowing Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The competition will take place at Eton Dorney in Berkshire.
4th March 2009

4,000-year-old Olympic Park axe tops finds in UK's largest archaeology dig
A flint axe over 4,000 years old was the cream of a crop of discoveries during a two-year archaeological investigation into the past of the Olympic Park.
5th March 2009

City launch for school 'Olympics'
The launch event for September's UK School Games has been staged in Cardiff by Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Darren Campbell.
5th March 2009

Flint axe pick of the Olympic Park finds
A flint axe more than 4,000 years old was one of the main finds during a two-year archaeological investigation on the Olympic Park. Around 140 trenches were dug on the 2.5sq km Park ahead of construction starting in 2008.
6th March 2009

Harrow hosts Bangladesh 2012 team
The Bangladeshi Olympic and Paralympic team will be training and living in the north-west London council of Harrow.
9th March 2009

Scots urged to seize sport chance
The 2012 Olympics chairman has urged Scots to seize a "double opportunity" to create a sporting legacy.
10th March 2009

GB 'will enter Olympic football'
A Great Britain football team will play at the 2012 Olympics even if it is made up entirely of English players, sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has insisted.
10th March 2009

Contractor announced for London 2012 canoe slalom venue
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) awarded the construction contract for world-class White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne to Morrison Construction. ODA launches safety workshops in local schools ahead of construction work of this legacy.
10th March 2009

Innovative design solution sought for Aquatics Centre pool lift
During the London 2012 Diversity Week, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has launched the search for an innovative swimming pool lift that would enable improved access for disabled swimmers.
10th March 2009

Search launched for swimming pool lift design
The search for an innovative swimming pool lift to improve access for disabled swimmers has been launched during London 2012 Diversity Week by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
10th March 2009

London 2012 extends Cadbury deal
London 2012 today announces that existing Tier 2 Supporter Cadbury has extended its deal so that all confectionery and packaged ice cream sold at official London 2012 outlets at Games time will now be supplied by Cadbury.
11th March 2009

Olympic Park clocks up safe working hours
The Olympic Park workforce has achieved another set of a million hours worked without a reportable accident, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced today.
11th March 2009

Seventh set of million hours safely worked on Olympic Park
Workers on the Olympic Park have achieved a million hours worked without a reportable accident, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced.
11th March 2009

Lewis targets gold medal in 2012
Pole vaulter Steven Lewis, from Staffordshire, has said his main objective is to win a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
11th March 2009

Peers urge EU role in 2012 plans
The EU should be involved in security planning for the 2012 Olympics and be ready to assist if there is a terrorist attack, says a committee of peers.
11th March 2009

Cadbury extends partnership
Tier Two Supporter Cadbury has extended its existing deal with London 2012 so that they will supply all confectionary and packaged ice cream sold at official London 2012 outlets at Games time.
11th March 2009

Young designers invited to create special image for the London 2012 education programme
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has today launched a national competition for 16-21 year olds in education to create a new design to infill the London 2012 Olympic logo, in turn the official London 2012 ed
12th March 2009

Cash boost for British swimming
British swimming has announced a £15m sponsorship deal with British Gas to help fund the sport through the London Olympics and to 2015.
12th March 2009

Cash boost for British swimming
British swimming is set to announce a huge financial deal with a FTSE 100 company to help fund the sport through the London Olympics and to 2015.
12th March 2009

Students invited to design London 2012 education logo
Students across the UK have been invited to design a new London 2012 education logo. Designers aged 16-21, in full or part-time education, will create an 'infill' for the London 2012 Olympic logo.
12th March 2009

Olympic Games contracts on offer
Scottish companies are being told they must act soon if they want to benefit from the London Olympic Games.
13th March 2009

New designs of London 2012 media centre released
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today unveiled the designs for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC), which will be used to bring the London 2012 Games to a worldwide audience of four billion.
13th March 2009

London 2012 media centre to leave green business and employment space in legacy
The media centre for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will create just under 900,000 square feet of business space in legacy with the potential to generate thousands of new jobs.
13th March 2009

Phelps sets sights on London 2012
American swimming star Michael Phelps says he expects to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, a month after threatening that he could retire.
13th March 2009

Olympic media hub plans unveiled
Plans for the £355m Olympic broadcast and media centre to become a business hub have been unveiled. The International Broadcast and Main Press Centres (IBC/MPC) will support about 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists.
13th March 2009

Olympic Village construction accelerates as new cameras give public a front-row view
New 'webcams' have been launched today giving the public a front-row view of the construction of the Olympic Village. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and Lend Lease have also released images showing the first residential buildings in the Village.
16th March 2009

New webcams give front-row view of Olympic Village construction
Two new webcams launched today give the public a chance to view daily progress of construction on the Olympic Village. During the London 2012 Games, the Village will provide thousands of beds for athletes and officials.
16th March 2009

The race to host World Cup 2018 and 2022
Fifa has gone for an "Olympic-style" bidding war, with its 24-man executive committee to make its decision on both 2018 and 2022 competitions in December 2010.
17th March 2009

Young people invited to Get Ahead with London 2012
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today starts the search for a further ten school or college leavers aged between 16 and 18 to join the organisation.
17th March 2009

Basketball Arena images are published as planning permission is secured
Design proposals for the basketball arena, the third largest venue on the Park, have gained planning permission.
18th March 2009

Latest images released of Olympic Park progress as BBC documentary on project is broadcast
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) released the latest images of progress on the Olympic Park, ahead of the broadcast of the of the BBC2 series, 'Building the Olympic Dream', this evening.
18th March 2009

Cat in the Park
Series Producer of Building the Olympic Dream, relates former model Celia Hammond's campaign to collect all the wild cats left amongst the debris on the 700-acre plot of land that will become the site for London's Olympic Park in 2012.
18th March 2009

Planning go-ahead for Basketball Arena
New images have been unveiled for the London 2012 Basketball Arena, the third largest venue on the Olympic Park, after planning permission was granted for the design proposals.
18th March 2009

Basketball arena gets green light
Designs for London's 2012 temporary basketball arena in the east of the city have received planning permission.
18th March 2009

Barking makes bid for 2012 venue
Moving the Olympic shooting venue from Woolwich to a brownfield site in east London would save more than £10m, says the boss of Barking & Dagenham Council.
18th March 2009

Young people invited to Get Ahead with London 2012
The search has started for ten school or college leavers to join the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), with the launch of the 'Get Ahead' employment programme.
18th March 2009

Images document Olympic Park progress
New images showing progress on the Olympic Park have been published ahead of the final part of the BBC2 documentary 'Building the Olympic Dream'.
18th March 2009

Olympic shooting set for Woolwich
London 2012 organisers have decided to stage Olympic shooting at Woolwich despite opposition to the plan.
19th March 2009

Artists take the lead in £5.4m project for Cultural Olympiad
Artists of all kinds from across the UK are being challenged to use the nation as a blank canvas for twelve inspirational commissions that will showcase our creativity to the world, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
19th March 2009

London 2012 Inspires Community Spirit
London 2012 CEO Paul Deighton today joined over 50 volunteers in East London to launch 'London 2012 Changing Places', a programme aimed at securing lasting environmental and social benefits for the communities surrounding the Olympic Park and other venues
19th March 2009

Contest launched to make 2012 art
A £5.4m contest has been launched to create 12 public works of art inspired by the 2012 Olympics. Artists will receive up to £500,000 to create works for the Cultural Olympiad in the run-up to the 2012 London games.
19th March 2009

Olympic Board confirms Royal Artillery Barracks as Shooting venue in 2012
The Olympic Board has confirmed that Shooting for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will remain at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, south east London.
19th March 2009

London 2012 inspires community spirit
London 2012 is encouraging people to improve their local environment with the launch of 'Changing Places' project. The programme aims to secure lasting environmental and social benefits for communities around the Olympic Park and other Games-time venues.
20th March 2009

Mylor reveals £1m Olympic revamp
A £1m revamp to get Mylor Yacht Harbour ready as a training base for the 2012 Olympics has been unveiled.
23rd March 2009

Hoy looks towards long-term goals
Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy says winning gold medals at London 2012 is a bigger priority for Britain than at the world track cycling championships.
23rd March 2009

Countering a changing terror threat
The UK's strategy for countering international terrorism is a reworking rather than a fundamental overhaul of the existing framework known as Contest.
24th March 2009

Crystal becomes 16th London 2012 commercial sponsor
London 2012 today announced that international firm Crystal has become the sixth Tier Three Supplier to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the 16th company to join the London 2012 domestic commercial programme.
24th March 2009

GB finalise boxing coaching team
The man that led Audley Harrison to the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics - Kelvyn Travis - has been named as part of the coaching team for London 2012.
24th March 2009

Olympic accessibility help sought
The organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games are asking people with disabilities to help them identify areas that will need improved access.
24th March 2009

Building starts on 'world's fastest' Velodrome
Construction has started on the London 2012 Velodrome, in the same week as the Track Cycling World Championship's start in Poland where Great Britain's medal winning cyclists from the Beijing 2008 Games will be back in action.
25th March 2009

August D-Day for Olympic hopefuls
The seven sports hoping to be included in the 2016 Olympic Games will be cut to two at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Berlin ahead of a final decision later in 2009.
25th March 2009

Building work begins on velodrome
Construction has begun on the velodrome for the London Olympics, which organisers hope will be the fastest cycling track in the world by 2012.
25th March 2009

London-bound Deng eyes 2012 glory
British basketball is on the rise and has a genuine chance of medal success at London 2012, says Luol Deng. He returns to London, the city he still calls home, when his team the Chicago Bulls take on NBA rivals the Utah Jazz at The O2 on 6 October.
25th March 2009

Plans for full seats at 2012
Mayor Boris Johnson plans to avoid empty seats being an issue at some less popular events during the London Olympics.
26th March 2009

Builder appointed for major Olympic Park venue
The contractor has been appointed to build the London 2012 Handball Arena, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced. Buckingham Group Contracting won the contract through a competitive public procurement process and work will start this summer.
26th March 2009

Pupils may get free Olympic seats
Seats left empty at the 2012 Olympic Games could be offered free to London schoolchildren, the mayor has said. Boris Johnson announced the plan as he was interviewed by young students for the BBC's School Report initiative.
26th March 2009

'Switch sport for Olympics' plea
Talented young people who miss out on getting into professional football or rugby union squads are being urged to switch sports and try for the Olympics.
26th March 2009

Pupil's Olympic goal inspires study
The Olympic aspirations of a classmate provided inspiration for School Reporters in Essex when they took part in this year's News Day.
26th March 2009

London 2012 Handball Arena and legacy multi-sports venue moves step closer as building contractor appointed
The London 2012 Handball Arena, that will become a new multi-sports facility in legacy, is on track for construction to start this summer following the appointment of a building contractor Buckingham Group Contracting.
26th March 2009

Anti-terror team at 2012 site
BBC London has learned that undercover counter-terrorism agents may have already started operating on the Olympic site in east London to prepare the grounds for the games.
27th March 2009

International torch relays banned
International torch relays ahead of the Olympics have been scrapped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
27th March 2009

New on-site plant and tools hire centres reduce vehicle journeys within and around Olympic Park
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced two hire centres for tools and plant, to be available to contractors in the Olympic Park, one based at the north and other at the south. The centres will be up and running in the 2nd quarter of 2009.
27th March 2009

World Conference on Sport and the Environment underway
The eighth World Conference on Sport and the Environment is underway in Vancouver, Host City for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
30th March 2009

Raising the roof on the Aquatics Centre
Work has started to lift the 2,800-tonne wave-shaped roof of the Aquatics Centre into position. The lift is considered one of the most complex engineering and construction challenges of the Olympic Park 'big build'.
31st March 2009

Aquatic Centre's wave roof lifted
Workers have begun the process of lifting the 2,800 tonne wave-shaped roof of the 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre in east London.
31st March 2009

Warner to remain as UKA chairman
The body which runs athletics in the UK has confirmed that Ed Warner will remain as chairman of the organisation until 2013. Olympic and Paralympic head coaches are expected to reveal recommendations to restructure the organisation by the middle of April.
31st March 2009

Spurs reveal new stadium designs
Tottenham's new stadium will have a 58,000 capacity, with the ground designed to seat spectators close to the pitch to maximise its atmosphere.
1st April 2009

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