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Olympics News Archive - March 2010

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Canadian lessons on ambush marketing for London 2012
Now that the razzmatazz of the 2010 Winter Olympics' closing ceremony in Vancouver is over eyes will be turning towards England.
1st March 2010

A torch from the 1948 Olympic Games has been found
An Olympic torch carried through a Berkshire town prior to the 1948 games has been uncovered at a sports memorabilia day. Historian Richard Poad now hopes to start a campaign for the torch relay to pass through the town ahead of the 2012 games.
1st March 2010

Links of London appointed as the Official Jewellery Collection for London 2012
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has confirmed that Links of London has become an official licensee of London 2012 and will create the Official Jewellery Collection of London 2012.
2nd March 2010

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma visits Olympic Park
London 2012 today welcomed The President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma to the Olympic Park.
4th March 2010

Market tests will help decide Olympic Stadium future
A decision over who gets to use the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games must be made by the end of the financial year, it has been announced.
4th March 2010

Piccadilly Circus gets £14m pedestrian-friendly revamp
Piccadilly Circus will be made pedestrian-friendly as part of a £14m revamp, which will rid the busy central London junction of guard railings.
4th March 2010

Olympic Park engineering project wins award
The project to clean and clear the Olympic Park site ahead of construction has been awarded the 'Greatest Contribution to London' award at this year's ICE London Civil Engineering Awards.
4th March 2010

World circus centre bid for Barrow for Olympics
A Cumbrian town, traditionally known for its ship building, is hoping to become an international circus centre. The initiative will be funded until 2012 by the Olympic Legacy Programme.
5th March 2010

London 2012 Olympic Stadium reaches full height
The first of the Olympic Stadium's lighting towers has been successfully lifted into place, taking the venue to its full height - 60m above the field of play.
5th March 2010

2012 athletes to prepare overseas camp for Olympics
UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee is adamant that Britain's athletes will prepare at an overseas training camp ahead of the Olympics.
6th March 2010

London 2012 Diversity Week underway
London 2012 Diversity Week got underway today, highlighting the efforts being made to make sure London 2012 is 'everyone's Games'.
8th March 2010

No guarantee on lottery money for 2012 Olympics
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has said it cannot guarantee that all £2bn National Lottery money taken to fund London 2012 will be returned.
8th March 2010

London youths to help plan future of 2012 Olympic site
A group of young people from east London will help decide the future of the 2012 Olympic site, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has said.
8th March 2010

Universities in plea for action over Olympic legacy
Five North East universities have signed a letter calling for action to stop sporting talent being taken from the region because of the Olympics.
9th March 2010

London 2012 launches iconic London landmark pin badges
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today revealed the winning designs of the 'Landmark London' pin badges, which go on sale later this month.
9th March 2010

Olympic Park security guards gain professional qualification
Forty two security workers on the Olympic Park have graduated with flying colours from a recent training course.
9th March 2010

Olympic Park regeneration 'may need £450m extra'
Additional funding of £450m may be needed to pay for the regeneration of the Olympic park, following the 2012 Games, it has been revealed.
10th March 2010

Malaysia choose University of Bath for Olympic camp
The University of Bath has been chosen by Malaysia to host its teams ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
10th March 2010

Olympic athletes set medal target
Great Britain have been set a target of at least 10 medals at this summer's European Athletics Championships by the national funding body as part of the build-up to the London Olympics in 2012.
10th March 2010

Team US picks University of East London as Olympic base
The United States' Olympics team is to use University of East London (UEL) campuses as its 2012 Games base.
10th March 2010

£10m Lottery cash to get students playing more sport
Universities are to be given £10m of National Lottery money to encourage more students to get involved in sport.
10th March 2010

Doubts cast on Olympic legacy for Wales
A Welsh MP has echoed the concerns of a former UK Sports minister casting doubt on the long term benefit of the London Olympics to the rest of the country.
11th March 2010

Sullivan tells School Report of Olympic stadium
West Ham's co-owner David Sullivan has talked up plans for the club to move into the Olympics Stadium.
11th March 2010

Jason Queally named in Great Britain cycling squad
Former Olympic kilometre time trial champion Jason Queally has been named in the GB squad for this month's World Championships in Denmark. He has now targeted the 2012 London Olympics when he will be 42.
12th March 2010

Plymouth shooter Rory Warlow impressing on world stage
Plymouth skeet shooter Rory Warlow is set for a place at the Commonwealth Games after winning two silver medals at a recent qualifying event in Delhi. He is setting his sights on the 2012 Olympics.
12th March 2010

London 2012 Canoe Slalom venue on course
Team GB canoeist Laura Blakeman today visited the London 2012 venue for Canoe Slalom to see the construction progress being made on its construction.
15th March 2010

Passing on the online baton
Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox is charged with persuading four million of the "less well-off" to get online in time for the London Olympics in 2012.
15th March 2010

London bids to stage 2015 World Athletics Championships
London has entered the race to host the 2015 World Athletics Championships. A successful London bid could clear up the future of the Olympic Stadium.
15th March 2010

Olympic park legacy deal finally agreed
After a "long and complex negotiation" a deal that clarifies ownership of the Olympic Park has been agreed, the mayor of London has announced.
16th March 2010

Rugby World Cup ball in Olympics display in Henley
The first of 100 exhibitions in Britain promoting the 2012 London Olympic Games is being held in Oxfordshire.
16th March 2010

Legacy cost of London's Olympics 'still unclear'
The amount of money needed to ensure London's Olympic Park has a lifespan beyond the 2012 Games remains unclear, Olympics minister Tessa Jowell says.
17th March 2010

Surrey businesses given Olympic potential advice
Businesses across Surrey are being encouraged to make the most of money and tourism brought into the county by the 2012 London Olympic Games.
17th March 2010

Call for London 2012 Olympics tickets clarity
London 2012 organisers have been urged to be up front about how many tickets will be available for the Olympics and how much they will cost.
17th March 2010

ParalympicsGB go green for London 2012
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson today gave her backing to a new initiative to turn ParalympicsGB into a truly 'Green Team' in their preparations for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
17th March 2010

Panasonic helps young people make the cut with London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced that Panasonic has become the presenting partner of a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad short film competition for young people entitled Film Nation:Shorts.
17th March 2010

Usain Bolt puts 400m mission on hold until after 2012
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he is unlikely to target the 400m world record until after London 2012.
18th March 2010

Disability sport gets £3.5m as 2012 Paralympics legacy
Disability sports will get £3.5m as part of the government's "legacy" plans for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
18th March 2010

Slough station to get £2.5m upgrade for disabled access
Slough railway station is to receive a £2.5m upgrade to give disabled people better access for the 2012 Olympics.
18th March 2010

10 commissions announced for London 2012 disability arts programme, Unlimited
London 2012 and Arts Council England today announced that more than £400,000 of funding has been awarded to 10 commissions for Unlimited, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project.
18th March 2010

West Ham owner attacks athletics plan for 2012 stadium
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has attacked plans to convert the Olympic Stadium into an athletics venue as an "appalling waste of public money".
18th March 2010

Mayor unveils new 'green oasis' in the city
The Mayor of London has unveiled a new park on the site of the Aldgate gyratory traffic system.
19th March 2010

London 2012 appoints Next sponsor
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has confirmed that Next has been appointed as Official Clothing and Homeware Supplier to London 2012 and has become its 27th domestic sponsor in a tier three deal.
19th March 2010

Olympic Park bridge lifted into place
The main footbridge in the centre of the Olympic Park has been lifted into place. It crosses the River Lea and is a focal point between the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.
19th March 2010

Construction contract awarded for Olympic Park venue
The construction contract has been awarded for Eton Manor, the venue that will host Wheelchair Tennis during the Paralympic Games.
19th March 2010

England cricket captain backs Lord's Cricket Ground as Olympic Archery venue
England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has pledged his support for Lord's Cricket Ground as London 2012's Olympic Archery venue.
19th March 2010

Young film makers of the future to be showcased at London 2012
Young film makers can win a chance to get their work showcased at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through a new UK-wide competition Film Nation: Shorts announced today by British Film stars Nicholas Hoult, Georgia Groome, and Thomas Sangster.
22nd March 2010

London 2012 pledges more tickets for British fans and urges everyone to 'sign up' for ticketing information this year
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced more details of its ticketing plans and is inviting sports fans all over the UK to 'sign up' and register their interest.
22nd March 2010

Reading hopes to celebrate Olympics with tent city
Businessman Sir John Madejski, Reading Festival organiser Melvyn Benn and a councillor have drawn up plans for a 'tent city' during the 2012 London Olympics.
22nd March 2010

London 2012 organisers announce extra Olympic tickets
The public will have access to 300,000 extra tickets for the London Olympic Games in 2012, organisers have revealed.
22nd March 2010

West Ham and Newham Council eye bid for Olympic Stadium
West Ham are in talks with Newham Council over a joint bid to occupy the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.
23rd March 2010

Greenwich Park granted planning permission
Greenwich Council's Planning Committee last night approved the temporary use of land at Greenwich Park, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College and Blackheath Circus Field for the London 2012 Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon events.
24th March 2010

Greenwich Olympic equestrian events approved
Greenwich Royal Park will host the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympics, despite opposition from some local residents.
24th March 2010

Team GB athletes to train on replica 2012 tracks
Replicas of the 2012 Olympic Stadium running track are to be laid at two Team GB national performance centres, namely at Lee Valley and Loughborough, by April.
25th March 2010

Planning go ahead for new healthcare facilities
Planning permission has been given for the construction of a new Polyclinic in the London 2012 Athletes' Village providing state-of-the-art healthcare and community facilities to ensure a long-term legacy for local people, the Olympic Delivery Authority (
25th March 2010

Children from North London welcome the world to their school
School children from five schools in Haringey, North London, today welcomed Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and teachers from Trinidad and Tobago this week as part of a celebration of the International Inspiration programme.
26th March 2010

Olympic Stadium lights up progress
The Olympic Stadium hits full height as its 14 lighting towers are lifted into place.
26th March 2010

GB Boxing names provisional women's squad for 2012
GB Boxing's performance director Rob McCracken has backed the creation of an elite female boxing squad to bring success at the 2012 Olympics.
26th March 2010

Tees Barrage white water course in £4.6 revamp
Work has started on a multi-million pound upgrade to a white water course at Stockton's Tees Barrage which will play host to Olympic athletes in 2012.
28th March 2010

School and college leavers given opportunity of a lifetime with London 2012
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced it is giving 15 bright and talented school or college leavers the opportunity to take up placements in various departments at LOCOG.
29th March 2010

London unveils "fantastic" 2012 Olympics plans
Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants London to be the 'epicentre of fun in the universe' during the 2012 Olympics.
29th March 2010

London 2012 Basketball Arena takes shape on Olympic Park
The Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park is rising out of the ground with the first of the venue's 20 steel arches already lifted into place.
30th March 2010

London 2012 Olympics budget 'worryingly tight'
The London Olympics project is facing a 'worryingly tight' financial position, a Commons committee has warned.
30th March 2010

Olympic champion Jamie Staff retires because of injury
Olympic champion Jamie Staff has retired from competitive cycling at the age of 36 due to a chronic back injury.
30th March 2010

Volunteers to get Olympic opening ceremony preview
Thousands of people will get an exclusive early look at the London 2012 opening ceremony as a reward for being a part of the national 25th Hour campaign, Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell has announced.
30th March 2010

2012 Monument: Your reaction
The wait is over as a spiralling sculpture designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has been chosen to mark the games, costing £19.1m.
31st March 2010

Anish Kapoor chosen for landmark 2012 sculpture
A spiralling sculpture designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has been chosen as the monument to mark the London 2012 Olympic Games.
31st March 2010

Staff concern over GB's 2012 team sprint chances
Olympic cycling gold medallist Jamie Staff is concerned that Great Britain may struggle to defend their team sprint title at London 2012.
31st March 2010

GB set to pick record team for London 2012 Olympics
Great Britain is set to be represented by at least 500 athletes at the London 2012 Olympics, an increase on the 311 sent to the Beijing games in 2008.
31st March 2010

More than 10,000 businesses engaged on London 2012 opportunities
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has now engaged with more than 10,000 businesses from across the UK about the opportunities to build the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Games, it was announced today.
31st March 2010

World Champion sees Velodrome roof structure complete
World Champion track cyclist Ed Clancy today visited the Velodrome to see the completed roof structure.
1st April 2010

West Midlands calling
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, is visiting the West Midlands today as part of his regular Nations and Regions work across the UK.
1st April 2010

Jason Kenny remains confident despite Jamie Staff exit
Jason Kenny is confident that Jamie Staff's retirement will not affect Britain's hopes of a gold medal in the team sprint at London 2012.
1st April 2010

Swansea teacher training student wins Olympic role
A women studying in Swansea to become a teacher has been chosen as a coach for the French sailing team in the London 2012 Olympics.
1st April 2010

Olympic Dreams returns for a new series on BBC One
Olympic Dreams returns to follow more British athletes in their bid to reach the London 2012 Olympic Games as a new series begins on BBC One.
1st April 2010

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