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Olympics News Archive - January 2011

On this page we have archived news items from January 2011. 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.

Road improvements due to begin in Weymouth
Works to improve road junctions in Weymouth, Dorset, are due to begin this week.
1st January 2011

Guernsey States introduces licensing to import steroids
With the 2012 London Olympics approaching, people who want to import steroids into Guernsey must now apply for the appropriate licence.
2nd January 2011

London 2012 Olympics: 2m signed up, say organisers
Two million people have signed up for tickets for the London 2012 Olympics, chief executive Paul Deighton has said.
4th January 2011

2012 Olympics Weymouth beach TV screen approved
A plan to erect a large screen at Weymouth Beach so people can watch the Olympic Games sailing events that will be held there is to go ahead.
6th January 2011

Last chance to be 2012 Olympic Games London Ambassador
People hoping to be ambassadors at the London Olympic Games have until midnight to apply.
7th January 2011

Charge for Weymouth park's Olympics sailing view
A proposal to charge entry to a Dorset park during the 2012 Olympics because it overlooks one of the games venues has divided local councillors.
11th January 2011

Surrey firms sign £740m Olympic and Paralympic deals
A total of 164 firms in Surrey have struck deals linked to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
12th January 2011

London 2012 Olympics to impact on travel, public warned
A third of Londoners are expected to change their travel routines during the 2012 Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has warned.
12th January 2011

Olympic Games to be policed at 'severe' threat level
The London Olympics is to be policed at "severe" threat level, the senior officer coordinating security has said.
13th January 2011

London 2012 ticket date announced as 15 March 2011
6.6 million tickets for the London 2012 Olympics will go on sale on 15 March 2011, as announced by Olympic swimmer Mark Foster on Saturday's National Lottery Draw show.
15th January 2011

London 2012 Olympic tickets on sale 15 March
Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games will go on sale on 15 March and those for the Paralymic Games will go on sale on 9 September. Sports fans will have six weeks to decide which event they want to attend before making a final submission.
15th January 2011

London 2012 launches volunteer interview programme to find the faces of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced the launch of the Games Maker selection events in a preview event held at ExCeL London.
15th January 2011

London 2012 ticket sale dates announced
The London 2012 Organising Committee today confirmed that tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games will go on sale on Tuesday 15 March 2011, and Paralympic Games tickets will go on sale on Friday 9 September 2011.
15th January 2011

£50m budget cut means no money for Olympic centres
Plans to build five state-of-the-art sports centres in NI in the countdown to the 2012 Olympics have been shelved after a £50m government budget cut.
19th January 2011

Call for British Transport Police to be armed with guns
Senior officers have called for armed transport police to be able to patrol the UK's railway network, citing the terror security threat at the 'severe' level until the 2012 Olympics.
20th January 2011

London 2012 construction workforce almost at peak
The latest employment and skills figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show that about 12,112 people are working on the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village construction sites.
20th January 2011

Multilingual Shakespeare season planned for 2012
Each of William Shakespeare's 38 plays is to be performed in a different language to mark the 2012 London Olympics, it has been announced.
20th January 2011

London 2012 Handball Arena heads towards finish line
The London 2012 Handball Arena, which is on track to complete in the spring, has its copper roof completed and more than half of its 6,500 multi-coloured seats in place.
21st January 2011

London 2012 Olympics fears over Nimrod plane scrapping
The decision to scrap the new Nimrod MRA4 surveillance aircraft has prompted fears that it may leave a gap in security at the 2012 Olympic Games.
21st January 2011

Virtual London 2012 Olympics off starting block
In a lab in a Canary Wharf skyscraper, results of 'virtual' races are already coming in as the 70-strong technology team begins 200,000 hours of stress testing.
22nd January 2011

Busy Weymouth road to become one way
A busy town centre street in Dorset is to be made one way while road works continue ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
24th January 2011

Over £820,000 awarded to artists for Cultural Olympiad programme Unlimited
More than £820,000 funding has been awarded to Unlimited, the groundbreaking London 2012 programme celebrating arts and culture by disabled and deaf artists, in a latest round of major commissions.
24th January 2011

Hunt for firms to run Olympic venues post-2012 begins
Olympic organisers have begun a search for companies interested in taking control of two of London 2012's sports venues after the Games.
26th January 2011

Orange customers of Everything Everywhere get mobile payments
Operator Orange will be rolling out the mobile payments service soon in summer 2011. More services are expected to start contactless payments in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.
27th January 2011

First London 2012 event - in Cardiff?
The Millennium Stadium is expected to host a women's football match two days before the official opening ceremony. Although the London 2012 organising committee is yet to confirm the competition schedule.
27th January 2011

London 2012 celebrates 18 months to go
With just 18 months to go to the London 2012 Games, England Ashes hero Alastair Cook and triple jump champion Phillips Idowu today encouraged the public to sign up to register their interest in tickets at the official Olympic site.
27th January 2011

Royal College of Art students to design key elements of the London 2012 Victory Ceremonies
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced a partnership with the Royal College of Art (RCA) that will see RCA postgraduate students design key elements of the Victory Ceremonies for the London 2012 Games.
27th January 2011

Police target fake London 2012 ticket websites
Fake websites purporting to sell London 2012 tickets are being targeted by a specialist police unit.
28th January 2011

Surrey businesses urged to bid for Olympic contracts
Businesses in Surrey are being urged to bid for an estimated £260m worth of contracts still up for grabs for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
30th January 2011

Local school children help London 2012 'Change Places'
School children from Woolwich Polytechnic school helped clear the Tumb Nature Reserve, canal area and a pedestrian underpass in the London Borough of Greenwich as part of the London 2012 Changing Places programme.
31st January 2011

London 2012 launches volunteer interview programme to find the faces of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced the launch of the Games Maker selection events in which the 100,000 people best suited to the 70,000 volunteer roles on offer will be invited to an interview.
31st January 2011

Shropshire Olympic tourism handed £150,000 award
Shropshire has been awarded £150,000 to help develop links with the 2012 Olympics in London.
31st January 2011

London 2012 Olympic Games volunteer interviews begin
Interviews are beginning to choose the 70,000 'Games Maker' volunteers who will work at the London 2012 Olympics.
31st January 2011

Q&A: London 2012 Olympic Games tickets
The window for buying tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games will open on 15 March 2011. Here is a BBC's guide to applying to get that sought after ticket.
31st January 2011

Otto Bock named second London 2012 Paralympic-only sponsor
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has appointed Otto Bock as the official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Services Provider for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
1st February 2011

New ODA Chief Executive launches Olympic Park health and safety campaign
New Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), Dennis Hone today met Olympic Park workers to launch a new safety campaign on site as the number of workers peaks and the type of work changes to fitting-out the venues.
1st February 2011

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