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Olympics News Archive - August 2009

On this page we have archived news items from August 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.

Olympic seafront plans discussed
Major improvement plans that could see a £2m update of Weymouth seafront before the 2012 Olympics will be discussed after funding was lost.
2nd August 2009

London 2012 Organising Committee appoints Security Director
Sir Ian Johnston has been appointed as the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) Director of Security and Resilience. He will lead on security at the venues during the Games.
3rd August 2009

Olympic security head appointed
British Transport Police Chief Constable Sir Ian Johnston has been appointed head of security for the London 2012 Olympics.
3rd August 2009

World disappointment spurs Davies
David Davies insists competing in four disciplines at the World Championships will ultimately benefit his gold medal bid at the 2012 London Olympics.
3rd August 2009

Two athletes, one aim
BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast is going to be following two of Britain's top athletes on their journey to the London Olympics in 2012.
3rd August 2009

Water polo 'could die' - Roxburgh
Leeds Sharks water polo club chairman Jim Roxburgh believes the sport is in danger of dying out in Great Britain.
3rd August 2009

Progress continues at pace on the Olympic Village
Building work is progressing well on the Olympic Village with construction now underway on all of the residential plots.
4th August 2009

Greenwich Park Cross Country course builders appointed
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has appointed the team to build the Cross Country course for the Equestrian Eventing competition, taking place at Greenwich Park.
4th August 2009

Leavey leaves it late for London
They say the younger you start in sport the better your chances of making it to the big time, but Kent athlete Nick Leavey is hoping to be an exception to that rule.
4th August 2009

Olympic revamp plan to go ahead
A major £2m improvement plan to update Weymouth seafront before the 2012 Olympics will go ahead despite funding being withdrawn.
4th August 2009

Judo club looking to London 2012
A judo club's new charitable status could see it training players to compete in the London 2012 Olympics.
5th August 2009

New path marks walkers' rights
A special walk for ramblers has been opened celebrating the life of a famous campaigner for access rights. A path around Wales' coast is expected to finish in time for the Olympic games in 2012.
6th August 2009

Online ticket scams are shut down
Police have shut down more than 100 websites which were conning people desperate to get tickets to top sporting and entertainment events. Officers have found scam sites for events at the London Olympics, even though no tickets have yet been made available
7th August 2009

Villa Park withdrawn as London 2012 Football venue
Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham, will no longer be used as one of London 2012's venues for the preliminary rounds in the Olympic football tournament.
10th August 2009

Villa Park pulled out of Olympics
Birmingham's Villa Park has been withdrawn as a venue to host 2012 Olympic football games because of uncertainty over rebuilding plans.
10th August 2009

Sailing rivals use Olympic venue
The hosts of the 2012 Olympic Games sailing events are to open up their Dorset venue to Britain's rivals.
10th August 2009

Red phone boxes for Olympic site
The organisers of the 2012 Olympics have asked a restoration expert to revamp a collection of old phone boxes to appear at the London site.
10th August 2009

Olympic Park opens its doors to the public
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is once again opening up the Olympic Park to the public by taking part in London's largest architectural showcase - Open House.
11th August 2009

New computer to ease police work
Surrey Police are to buy a new computerised information system to replace their 'outdated' Crime and Intelligence System (CIS).
11th August 2009

Loveridge to pursue Olympic dream
Guernsey table tennis player Alice Loveridge has decided to train off the island to pursue her dreams of Olympic glory in 2012.
11th August 2009

Women's boxing set for Olympics
Women's boxing is expected to be included in the Olympic programme, with more medals available for women across the board at London 2012.
12th August 2009

Olympic gold medallist visits site to launch Velodrome webcam
A new webcam overlooking the Velodrome has gone live, giving the public a front row view of the construction progress being made on site.
12th August 2009

IOC approves Women's Boxing for London 2012 Olympic Games
Women's Boxing has been added to the London 2012 programme, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved several new events.
13th August 2009

Basketball star visits the Olympic Park
Chicago Bulls Basketball star Luol Deng today visited the Olympic Park to see progress on the Olympic Stadium. In just under three years he could be walking in again with Team GB during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Games.
13th August 2009

What makes a good Olympic sport?
Golf and rugby sevens have moved a step closer to becoming competitive Summer Olympics sports. With synchronised swimming already there, and lifesaving recognised as a sport by the Games, what does it require to join the party?
13th August 2009

Women's boxing gains Olympic spot
Women boxers will have the chance to fight for gold at the 2012 Olympics.
13th August 2009

Opinion split over Olympic legacy
The Essex mountain bike venue for 2012 has been shadowed by conflicting opinions over how the site should be left after the games.
14th August 2009

Review call for stadium decision
The High Court has ruled the Sports Council of NI should reconsider its decision to disqualify a council's bid for a multi-million pound grant.
14th August 2009

Sports events 'to bring in money'
Three major sporting events are expected to earn London an extra £3.35m this weekend, the mayor has said.
14th August 2009

Artists compete for Olympic grant
Five Scottish art projects have been shortlisted for funding in a major cultural strand to run alongside the London Olympics.
14th August 2009

Clouds and crochet for 2012 art
'Cloud' sculptures and crochet lions are two of the ideas in the running for an ambitious £5.4m art project for the London 2012 Olympics.
14th August 2009

Anti-terror gun stops boats dead
The government is appealing to industry, academics and individuals to develop new technologies to fight terrorism. One such gadget - a device to stop a speed boat - is already under development under its science and technology strategy.
14th August 2009

London 2012 appoints the London Marathon to work on the Olympic and Paralympic Marathons
The London 2012 Organising Committee has appointed the London Marathon to help manage and design the Marathon for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
14th August 2009

Cloud sculptures and imaginery worlds feature on major arts project shortlist
London 2012 and the Arts Council today announced the shortlisted ideas for 'Artists taking the lead' - a major commission for artists in the UK featuring in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
14th August 2009

Archer Stubbs targets World glory
Paralympic archery champion John Stubbs will bid to add the world title to his Beijing crown when the tournament starts in the Czech Republic on Monday.
15th August 2009

Jamaican athletes to use Birmingham for pre-Games training
Jamaican athletes, including Olympic and World Champion Usain Bolt, will use Birmingham as a base for training ahead of the London 2012 Games.
17th August 2009

Judo 'centre of excellence' opens
A full-time judo centre to train players to compete in the London 2012 Olympics is being opened in Kent.
19th August 2009

Norfolk teenager storms rankings
A rising teenage athletics star from Norfolk, Laura McDonald, is taking the sport by storm, breaking national records and shooting up the UK rankings for her age group.
20th August 2009

Radcliffe pulls out of marathon
Britain's Paula Radcliffe has withdrawn from the World Championships marathon in Berlin on Sunday.
20th August 2009

Construction on track for new Olympic Park network
Good progress is being made on the new network of roads and bridges being built throughout the Olympic Park site.
20th August 2009

Sharman eyes Olympic gold medal
Northamptonshire athlete William Sharman has targeted an Olympic gold medal following his superb fourth place at the World Championships in Berlin.
21st August 2009

London 2012 sport stamps launched
First-class stamps depicting 10 of the sports which will be included in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been unveiled.
24th August 2009

Bolt keen to compete in long jump
Usain Bolt has revealed he may compete in the long jump after dominating the sprint events in the World Championships and at the 2008 Olympics.
24th August 2009

London 2012 delivers stamp licensing deal
To celebrate three years to go until the Paralympic Games, the London 2012 Organising Committee has announced that a series of London 2012 themed stamps will be issued over the next three years in a licensing deal with Royal Mail.
24th August 2009

Sporting village off and running
The new £28m Aberdeen Sports Village has fired its starting gun for the public. It has already been selected as a training venue for the 2012 Games to be held in London.
24th August 2009

Council appoints Olympics planner
An Olympics co-ordinator has been appointed by Surrey County Council, despite the region losing out in the race to host events for the 2012 Games.
26th August 2009

Beach improvements ahead of 2012
Work to improve access and attract Olympic sailors to an east Dorset beach gets under way next week.
27th August 2009

Yorkshire long jumper eyes 2012
Come the 2012 Games there will not have been a British Olympic long jump medallist in nearly 50 years. But Anthony Timms, 21, is already the best long jumper in his age group - 30cm clear of his closest rival.
27th August 2009

Kent athletics structure on trial
Loughborough's Lisa Dobriskey, Cambridge Harriers' Steve Backley and Ealing, Southall and Middlesex's Kelly Holmes are all Kent's icons. However, only time will tell whether the best youngsters will stay in the county, unless provision is drastically impr
27th August 2009

ParalympicsGB hunt for new talent for 2012
ParalympicsGB is holding a Paralympic potential day on 29 September to identify talent for London 2012 and beyond.
27th August 2009

London 2012 marks three years to go to the Paralympic Games
Saturday 29 August is exactly three years from the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games. To mark the milestone, the London 2012 Organising Committee has announced the appointment of Chris Holmes MBE as the new Director of Paralympic Integration.
28th August 2009

Stalwarts see Pentathlon survival
Olympic medallists Richard Phelps and Graham Brookhouse believe the modern pentathlon still has a place in the Olympic movement.
28th August 2009

Team GB must use 2012 advantage
Dame Tanni Grey Thompson has told the BBC that British competitors should make the most of home advantage at the 2012 Paralympics.
28th August 2009

Olympic aim to get Britons online
The race is on to get as many British people online as possible by 2012, Martha Lane Fox has told the BBC.
29th August 2009

Coach Suk quits Archery GB post
Peter Suk, the South Korean head coach of Archery GB, has announced he is to leave his post after four years.
30th August 2009

Hodgson keen on Olympic position
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson admits he would be honoured if he was offered the job of coaching the Great Britain football team at the 2012 Olympics.
30th August 2009

Purchase wants second gold in 2012
Olympic gold medallist Zac Purchase is back training after recovering from a virus.
1st September 2009

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