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Olympics News Archive - April 2009

On this page we have archived news items from April 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.

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

Council takes on water sports hub
The running of the National Water Sports Centre, near Nottingham, has been taken over by the county council, since Sport England is funding other facilities in the south of England ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
2nd April 2009

World-class educational legacy unveiled for Olympic Village
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and Lend Lease released new images today of a world-class education campus to be built within the Olympic Village. New school will create 1,800 spaces for pupils aged 3-19.
3rd April 2009

Dover chosen as Olympic Live Site
Dover, a port town in Kent, has been selected as an Olympic Live Site to screen footage of the 2012 games.
3rd April 2009

Olympic school gets the go ahead
A new school building to house 1,800 children is to be built after the games on the site of the London 2012 Olympics. During the Games, the building will be used as the main base for organising and managing teams.
3rd April 2009

ODA wins highest ever rail sustainability award
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have received an 'excellent' CEEQUAL sustainability award for achieving the highest score ever for a rail project.
3rd April 2009

Debut for new £27m sporting Peak
A £27m state-of-the-art sports hub, The Peak, has been opened in Stirling. It is to be an official training centre for the London 2012 Olympics, with talks under way to give it the same role during Glasgow's 2014 games.
6th April 2009

Contractor announced for London 2012 Rowing and Canoe Sprint venue
The contract to construct enhanced rowing and canoe sprint facilities for the London 2012 Games has been awarded to Morrison Construction, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today.
7th April 2009

Historic theme for Olympic garden
Amateur gardeners from all over the country are being invited to help design a special Olympic Park garden on a quarter-acre site within the London 2012 Olympic Park.
8th April 2009

First Olympic Stadium bridge lifted into place
New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today show the first permanent new bridge into the Olympic Stadium site being lifted into place. The footbridge spans 41m across the River Lea into the western side of the Olympic Stadium site.
8th April 2009

Dame Mary now has regal role
Olympic legend Dame Mary Peters is to become the Queen's representative in Belfast. Dame Mary will be in the position when London hosts the Olympic Games in 2012.
8th April 2009

Bridge lift helps to connect Olympic Stadium site
New images showing the first permanent new bridge linking the Olympic Stadium 'island' site with the surrounding area have been released.
8th April 2009

UK Sport calms 'image rights' row
Top British athletes will be asked to meet with UK Sport and the British Olympic Association (BOA) to try to head off a row over image rights.
9th April 2009

Council in Olympics snub appeal
Two funding applications for Olympics training camps by Belfast City Council have been turned down because a deadline was missed by three minutes.
10th April 2009

London Games offered £225m loan
Organisers of the London 2012 Games have had a £225m loan from the public sector approved, which could go towards helping to build the Olympic Village.
10th April 2009

Oxford Circus crossing redesigned
Work is to begin on a £5m project to pedestrianise part of central London's Oxford Circus. It forms a key part of Westminster City Council's plans to renew the West End ahead of London's Olympic Games in 2012.
14th April 2009

Olympic champion hails GB's Daley
Olympic diving champion Matthew Mitcham expects British youngster Tom Daley to emerge as a serious rival in the build-up to the 2012 Games.
16th April 2009

Work begins on Games media centre
Building work has begun on the International Broadcast Centre in the Olympic Park in east London which will provide for 20,000 broadcasters.
17th April 2009

Construction work under way on all big five Olympic Park venues as building starts early on media centre
Building work started over a month early on the foundations of the huge International Broadcast Centre for the London 2012 Games with construction now underway on the 'big five' Olympic Park venues.
17th April 2009

Volleyball women make Euro debut
Great Britain's women's volleyball side will make their European League debut in June despite a recent funding cut.
17th April 2009

Union plans Olympic jobs protest
A union will demonstrate outside the 2012 Olympic Games site to demand more jobs are offered to local workers.
17th April 2009

2012 stadium on track, says Coe
London 2012 chief Lord Coe insists building work for the Olympic stadium is four months ahead of schedule.
18th April 2009

Search starts for landscaping contractor
Businesses are being invited to apply for the contract to develop the southern section of parklands on the Olympic Park. The Olympic Delivery Authority is working with the London Development Agency to ensure the parklands fit into the Legacy Masterplan.
20th April 2009

British handballers star in Germany
In January, the British Handball Association's grant was cut by more than £500,000 per year. While, the Am Hallo Arena in Essen was losing players and money, so signed on the British players.
20th April 2009

Olympic Village loan questioned
The European Investment Bank (EIB)urged the Government to reveal details of a £255m public sector loan offered to help build the 2012 Olympic Village in east London.
20th April 2009

Student designs winning 2012 logo
Surrey's logo for the 2012 Olympic Games has been chosen in a competition for graphic design students. The logo, which will feature on Surrey's 2012 programme, will be unveiled at a special event at the UCA on 11 May.
20th April 2009

IOC to check on London's progress
The International Olympic Committee is beginning a two-day visit to London for a progress update on the venues for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
20th April 2009

Contractor sought to deliver parklands for south of the Olympic Park
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is seeking a contractor to deliver the southern section of parklands in the London 2012 Olympic Park.
20th April 2009

GB badminton eyes China downfall
Britain's badminton players can topple China's top talent according to the boss of England's governing body.
21st April 2009

London 2012 Open Weekend returns
London 2012 has announced the return of London 2012 Open Weekend, encouraging sports, arts and culture organisations to open up. Supported by BP, London 2012 Open Weekend will take place 24 - 26 July 2009, and will run every year until 2012.
21st April 2009

IOC impressed with progress
The International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission is impressed with progress on the first day of 17-strong delegation's latest visit to London.
21st April 2009

Olympic Park images released as IOC visits London
New pictures have been released showing the progress on the Olympic Park as construction work has started on all of the 'big five' venues - Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Olympic Village, Velodrome and International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre.
21st April 2009

London 2012 Open Weekend: Opening up arts, culture and sporting opportunity for everyone across the UK
London 2012 today announces the return of the London 2012 Open Weekend and invites all local authorities, sporting organisations and venues connected with arts, culture and other major themes of the 2012 Games to register events to showcase their work.
21st April 2009

London 2012 appoints Architectural and Overlay Design Services Team
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announces that Populous has been appointed as the Official Architectural and Overlay Design Services Provider, becoming a Tier Three commercial provider in the process
22nd April 2009

'Rent dispute' closes Olympic gym
A gym in north-west London which was selected as a training venue for the 2012 London Olympics has closed after a row over rent payments.
22nd April 2009

Ex-China coach joins GB Canoeing
GB's flatwater canoeists have turned to one of the world's top coaches, aiming to improve on their two Beijing medals. GB Canoeing has set an overall aim of two gold medals at London 2012.
22nd April 2009

Architectural and Overlay Design Services team appointed
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced Populous as the Official Architectural and Overlay Design Services Provider, becoming a Tier Three commercial provider in the process.
22nd April 2009

Wembley may stage Olympic boxing
Wembley could host the 2012 London Olympic boxing tournament, provided the sport's authorities approve a move. The relocation from East London, which would see several sports relocated, has sparked fears that it is too far from the athletes' village.
23rd April 2009

London 2012 'on time and budget'
Preparations for the 2012 London Games are on time and on budget, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said. IOC inspectors said that the preparations were 'impressive' and unaffected by the recession.
23rd April 2009

Strong partnership brings good progress
The IOC Coordination Commission for the London Games in 2012 today wrapped up its 4th visit to the British capital. The 3-day meetings and site visits allowed the Commission to fully assess the developments made on the project by the local organisers.
23rd April 2009

Luton boxers left out in the cold
Young Luton boxers have been left with no training facilities after local businessman Graham Earl decided to move his business out of the gym he shared with the amateur Academy Boxing Club.
24th April 2009

Radcliffe 'should cut workload'
Paula Radcliffe can win the Olympic marathon at London 2012 but only if she cuts back her training and rests more, says reigning Olympic champion Constantina Dita who won gold in Beijing at the age of 38.
24th April 2009

Burton sets early 2012 judo goal
Scotland's Euan Burton is aiming to start his preparations for London 2012 with a strong showing at this weekend's European Judo Championships.
24th April 2009

Sustainable transport targets exceeded
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is exceeding its targets to deliver construction materials to the Olympic Park by 'green' means.
27th April 2009

Yamauchi eyes medal at 2012 Games
Britain's Mara Yamauchi believes she can build on her second place in the London Marathon by contesting a podium finish at London 2012.
27th April 2009

Mayor plans Olympic sport boost
Mobile swimming pools, street athletics and sport for disabled children are planned by London's mayor as part of the legacy of the 2012 Olympics.
28th April 2009

Museums work with young people to tell Stories of the World
Major museums and libraries across the UK are preparing to host an unprecendented exploration of the past using young people as curators, inspired by the 2012 Games.
28th April 2009

Training centre for 2012 workers
A training centre at Thames House in Newham is being opened to give Londoners the skills to construct venues for the London 2012 Olympics.
29th April 2009

Training centre opens providing construction skills for major projects
A new construction college at Thames House, one of three planned construction training centres, has opened in east London providing thousands of training opportunities for local people.
29th April 2009

'No complacency' says Higgins as Olympic Park workforce breaks 4,000 mark
The latest Olympic Park workforce figures were published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today, showing that the Olympic Park workforce is now over 4,000 strong.
29th April 2009

Kent to host Barbados 2012 team
Paralympic athletes from Barbados will train in Kent before the 2012 Games.
30th April 2009

New cycle route for 2012 games
The Duke of Gloucester has toured a new route to encourage Londoners to walk and cycle across the 2012 Olympic park in east London.
30th April 2009

Royal boost for walking and cycling plans
Plans were officially launched today for a new 60km-long walking and cycling route, inspired by the London 2012 Games and Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which is to be celebrated in 2012.
30th April 2009

London 2012 seeks sustainable solutions for temporary venues
London 2012 is calling on industry to help them find a sustainable solution for the use of materials, such as PVC, needed for temporary buildings and the temporary elements of permanent venues needed for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
1st May 2009

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