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Olympics News Archive - June 2009

On this page we have archived news items from June 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.

London 2012 announces Holiday Inn as official hotel services provider
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express as the 'Official Hotel Services Provider to London 2012' and a Tier Three commercial partner.
1st June 2009

Long paddle to London begins
Britain's finest slalom competitors are not used to much support, observed a British slalom canoeist as the European Championships drew to a close in Nottingham.
1st June 2009

Bullet trains run preview service
Rail passengers on commuter routes from Kent to London will be able to try out the new Japanese-built bullet train on a special preview service. The trains will also take spectators from St Pancras to the 2012 Olympics site at Stratford in east London in
1st June 2009

Race is on for Olympic artists
The hunt for 12 artistic projects to coincide with the London Olympics has caught the imagination - with more than 2,000 artists applying to take part.
2nd June 2009

Health and safety ban for skaters
Rules which prevent figure skaters at a new £27m sports complex from skating clockwise, jumping or spinning have been defended by Stirling Council. The facility will serve as an official training location for the London 2012.
3rd June 2009

Bolt rules out 2012 hat-trick bid
Double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will not be going for a hat-trick of individual titles at London 2012.
3rd June 2009

Japan 2012 team pick Loughboroug
One of the biggest teams at the London 2012 Olympics has chosen the East Midlands as its training base.
4th June 2009

Loughborough University signs Games agreement with Japan
Loughborough University and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see both organisations working together until the London 2012 Games.
4th June 2009

Fifa to keep Olympics age limit
Fifa has been forced to change its plans to restrict the age of players to under-21 in the London 2012 Olympics.
4th June 2009

Payne leads GB open water squad
Keri-Anne Payne is the only one of Britain's three Olympic open water swimming medallists named in the squad for the 2009 World Championships.
5th June 2009

Sotherton backs herself for 2012
Heptathlete Kelly Sotherton insists she can still be a contender at the London Olympics in 2012, even though she will be approaching her 36th birthday.
5th June 2009

Cycle superhighways 'a gimmick'
Cyclists have dismissed Mayor of London Boris Johnson's announcement of two new cycle superhighways through the city as a "marketing gimmick". These are the first of 12 superhighways earmarked to be developed before the Olympics in 2012.
5th June 2009

Stratford station work reaches halfway point
Work to boost capacity and accessibility at Stratford Regional Station - the main gateway station to the Olympic Park - has now reached the halfway point.
5th June 2009

Local businesses get insight into supplying for Games demand
Around 200 local businesses met Olympic Park contractors today to find out how they can become suppliers for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
5th June 2009

Waterways unlocked for a sustainable Games
Three Mills Lock at Prescott Channel will help London 2012 to meet its sustainability targets by unlocking the Bow Back Rivers waterways so 350-tonne barges can make deliveries to the Olympic Park.
5th June 2009

Johnson returns under new regime
Paralympic swimming gold medallist Liz Johnson has stepped up her preparations for London 2012 by changing her training base from Swansea to Bath.
8th June 2009

Olympic revamp funding withdrawn
Plans to revamp Weymouth seafront in time for the 2012 Olympics have been dealt a blow after agreed funding was withdrawn. Weymouth and Portland are due to host the sailing events for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
9th June 2009

New Olympic Village homes take shape
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has praised the progress made on the Olympic Village, which has now been under construction for nearly a year.
9th June 2009

Trees help Olympic Park's green spaces to flourish
Around 2,000 semi-mature British-grown trees have been hand-picked to form the roots of the Olympic Park's green spaces, which will be enjoyed by spectators and become a home for wildlife.
10th June 2009

Cornish canoeist looking to 2012
Cornish kayak canoeist Jenna Hawkey has set her sights firmly on winning medals at the 2012 London Olympics.
10th June 2009

Queen sees Olympic sailing venue
Hundreds of people have welcomed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to the Dorset sailing venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
11th June 2009

Baxter swaps skis for the saddle
British ski star Alain Baxter is attempting an Olympic comeback but this time he is aiming for the summer Games in London in 2012. He is switching from skis to track cycling.
11th June 2009

London 2012 outlines street trading and advertising
London 2012 has published information to help street traders and advertisers understand certain measures that need to be put in place during the 2012 Games.
12th June 2009

Geikie sets sights on London 2012
An Olympic hopeful from Devon has spoken of her frustration at having to practise her sport outside the UK. Georgina Geikie is Britain's number one air pistol and .22 shooter, but the latter is outlawed in the UK.
12th June 2009

French city seeks 2012 athletes
A French city has launched a 20m euro (£17m) bid to encourage 2012 athletes to train in France rather than England.
12th June 2009

Boxing chiefs voice 2012 concerns
Plans to relocate London 2012's Olympic fights to Wembley Arena in the north-west of the city have been opposed by the International Boxing Association.
15th June 2009

Seven sports aim for Olympic spot
Baseball and softball launched their bids to return to the Olympics on Monday as seven sports federations attempt to make the 2016 Games. Baseball and softball were voted off the 2012 London Games in 2005.
15th June 2009

Olympic Park workers lead on sustainable transport
Ten per cent of the Olympic Park workforce is walking or cycling to work, leading the way on using sustainable transport to get to the Olympic Park.
16th June 2009

London 2012 appoints market research services provider
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced The Nielsen Company as its official Market Research Services provider.
16th June 2009

EDF Energy launches Team Green Britain
London 2012 Sustainaibility Partner EDF Energy has launched an annual 'Green Britain Day', aiming to show the world how Britain can lead the world in the race against climate change.
16th June 2009

BOA helped out by emergency loan
The British Olympic Association made a £1.5m loss last year and needed the organising committee for London 2012 to step in, the BBC has learned.
17th June 2009

People 'lack Olympic information'
Many Londoners do not have much detail about the 2012 Olympic Games but they do support it, a survey has shown.
18th June 2009

More than ten million people to take part in 'Inspire' programme
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced the success of the first phase of the London 2012 Inspire programme.
18th June 2009

Call for 3D Olympics screenings
Digital technology could enable the 2012 Olympics to be shown in 3D in cinemas across the UK, former film producer Lord Puttnam has said.
21st June 2009

Agreement signed for Olympic Village affordable homes
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has signed the final agreement for Triathlon Homes to purchase 1,379 affordable homes on the Olympic Village development.
22nd June 2009

UK lined up for exciting London 2012 Open Weekend
More than 350 arts, culture and sports events have already signed up to open their doors to the public in new ways for London 2012 Open Weekend, 24-26 July, featuring a range of innovative and creative events for people.
23rd June 2009

Olympic festival weekend launched
Hundreds of sporting, art and family events aimed at getting Britons excited about the London Olympic Games have been announced.
23rd June 2009

Olympic Park media centres gets planning go-ahead
Plans were approved for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Planning Committee last night.
24th June 2009

£5bn development comes under fire
The £5bn Brent Cross Cricklewood Development plan has been criticised by neighbouring councils, residents and green groups. But Jonathan Joseph, of Brent Cross Cricklewood Development, said it would be a state of the art facility to provide fuel.
24th June 2009

Paralympic sports centre unveiled
An £11m sports and therapy centre for people with disabilities, Point4 at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, has been officially opened.
24th June 2009

GB youngsters eye Olympic glory
A 61-strong Great Britain team will aim to follow in the footsteps of Kelly Holmes and Rebecca Adlington at the European Youth Olympic Festival.
24th June 2009

Funding gap in Olympics accounts
A routine check has uncovered a shortfall within the 2012 Olympics budget of between £60m to £100m, due to the compensations for firms forced to move from the Olympic site in Stratford, east London.
24th June 2009

Borwell targets London 2012 spot
Middlesbrough doubles player Sarah Borwell is hoping to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012.
25th June 2009

Boats start to remove Olympic Park waste
Waste from the Olympic Park is now being taken away by barges, helping to contribute to the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA's) target for sustainable transport.
25th June 2009

Young designers shortlisted for London 2012 education logo competition
Six young designers have pitched their ideas for a new London 2012 education logo to a panel of judges including Shanaze Reade, the BMX World Champion and Olympian.
25th June 2009

Draper to make comeback for 2012
Former world champion and Athens bronze medallist Chris Draper has announced his Olympic comeback with a bid for gold at the London 2012 Games.
25th June 2009

FA asked to consider 2012 stadium
Lord Coe has called for London's Olympic Stadium to be considered as a possible football World Cup venue even though it will have a running track.
26th June 2009

Tweddle holds on to Olympic dream
Gymnast Beth Tweddle says the lure of competing in the London Olympics persuaded her to stick with the sport.
26th June 2009

Olympic training venue rejected
Plans to build an Olympic training site to enable international teams to prepare for the 2012 sailing events in Dorset have been rejected.
26th June 2009

Halfway point for Aquatics Centre roof
Construction of the wave-shaped roof of the London 2012 Aquatics Centre has reached its halfway point.
26th June 2009

London Eye's £12.5m refit begins
The £12.5m upgrade of the London Eye has begun with the removal of the first of its 32 capsules, to be completed in time to welcome record numbers of visitors when we host the 2012 Games.
27th June 2009

GE donates 4.8m pounds to Host Borough hospital
GE, a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games, has today announced plans to donate £4.8 million ($8 million) worth of medical equipment, including foetal monitors, incubators and MR scanner, to Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, East London.
29th June 2009

High-speed Javelin arrives early
The UK's first high-speed commuter train has arrived in London one minute early, reaching London St Pancras 36 minutes after leaving Ashford. In 2012, the javelin trains will whisk spectators from St Pancras to the Olympics site at Stratford in 7 minutes.
29th June 2009

Architects give Olympic Park venues the thumbs up
Leading architects have praised the designs of the Olympic Park's venues and the progress being made on construction, following a tour of the site.
30th June 2009

2012 stadium 'for World Cup bid'
London's Olympic Stadium may not be downsized after the tournament because of England's 2018 World Cup bid, the city's mayor Boris Johnson has said.
30th June 2009

Disability Sport on the BBC
The BBC will continue to screen disability sport in 2009, charting their progress as the build up to London 2012 begins.
30th June 2009

Olympic Park experience for engineering students
Engineering and construction students from universities across London have gained hands-on building experience on the Olympic Park.
1st July 2009

Aquatics Centre excites 2012 hope
Londoner Nick Robinson-Baker says an inside view of the 2012 Aquatics Centre has added to his enthusiasm to make it to the next Olympic Games.
1st July 2009

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