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Olympics News Archive - March 2011

On this page we have archived news items from March 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.

Malawi sign up to train in Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire plays its part in London 2012 by hosting the 40-strong Malawi Olympic team in the build-up to the Olympic Games.
1st March 2011

Tom Daley stars in new London 2012 mascot film
The latest instalment of the London 2012 mascots’ film was released today, featuring top GB athletes Tom Daley, Phillips Idowu, Shanaze Reade, Ellie Simmonds and Mandip Sehmi.
1st March 2011

Paralympian Lee Pearson immortalised in bronze statues
Staffordshire's paralympian, Lee Pearson, has been immortalised in bronze to promote the London 2012 Games.
1st March 2011

Plymouth diver Tom Daley stars in animated Olympic film
World and Commonwealth diving champion Tom Daley has been immortalised in a four-minute long animation 'Adventures on a Rainbow', the latest instalment of the London 2012 mascot films.
2nd March 2011

Construction starts on London 2012 BMX Circuit
The start of work on the BMX Circuit marks the next stage in delivering world-class cycling facilities for the Games and beyond â€" a new cycling ‘hub’ for east London.
2nd March 2011

IOC announces medal design competition for Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced a medal design competition for the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Designs can be submitted until 29 April.
3rd March 2011

First London 2012 Olympic rings unveiled
A giant set of Olympic rings was unveiled at St Pancras International station by London Mayor Boris Johnson and London 2012 Chair Sebastian Coe.
3rd March 2011

West Ham approved as London 2012 Olympic Stadium tenant
West Ham United is selected as the preferred tenant for the east London venue by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) over a rival bid from Tottenham Hotspur.
3rd March 2011

Kildonan gold for 2012 London Olympic medal
Enough gold has been recovered from a Highlands burn to help make a medal for the London Olympics in 2012.
3rd March 2011

Olympic Games vertical steam cloud for Wirral skyline
A large spinning column of cloud higher than Blackpool Tower will appear over the Wirral estuary as part of the 2012 Olympic Games celebrations.
3rd March 2011

First London 2012 Olympic rings unveiled
A giant set of Olympic rings has been revealed at St Pancras International station in central London.
3rd March 2011

1,000th London 2012 Inspire mark awarded to 'Jump London'
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has awarded the 1,000th Inspire mark to 'Jump London', a London-based project designed to support the safe teaching and learning of Parkour by a qualified instructor.
3rd March 2011

First giant Olympic Rings unveiled in London
London’s first set of giant Olympic Rings was unveiled at St Pancras International station tonight, kicking off the transformation of the capital into the Host City of the London 2012 Games.
3rd March 2011

Companies sought to transform the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Games
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has advertised opportunities for contractors to transform the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
4th March 2011

Alfred Tennyson poem chosen as Olympic Winning Words
A line from an Alfred Tennyson poem has been chosen to inspire athletes taking part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
4th March 2011

London 2012 Olympics: Tube may run 24 hours
Underground bosses are considering running the Tube around the clock during the 2012 Olympics, it has been revealed.
7th March 2011

London 2012 celebrates Diversity Week
The London Organising Committee (LOCOG) has marked the start of its Diversity Week by becoming the first UK organisation to be given the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard for Sport.
7th March 2011

Poetry to welcome athletes at London 2012
A wall within the Athletes’ Village will be engraved with lines from the poem ‘Ulysses’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson to inspire athletes competing in 2012, and also future generations of residents and schoolchildren.
7th March 2011

BT launches search for storytellers of London 2012 Games
BT, official communications services partner for the London 2012 Games, today launched a search for members of the public interested in becoming storytellers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
7th March 2011

Olympic venues to be protected from marketing stunts
A clampdown on unauthorised trading close to Olympic venues and road race routes during London 2012 has been announced.
7th March 2011

Five held in London 2012 Olympic ticket raids
Five people have been arrested in an operation targeting ticket fraudsters ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.
8th March 2011

London 2012 volunteer interviews start in Weymouth and Portland
The regional stage of the London 2012 volunteer selection programme has started at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA).
8th March 2011

Paralympic hopefuls visit London 2012 Wheelchair Tennis venue
Members of the GB Wheelchair Tennis team have visited Eton Manor â€" the venue for the Wheelchair Tennis events during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
8th March 2011

Hampton Court to host London 2012 Cycling Time Trial
The Cycling Time Trial at next year's Olympic Games, one of two Road Cycling disciplines, will start and finish at the historic Hampton Court Palace.
9th March 2011

'Innovative' deckchair covers for Dorset ahead of 2012
"Innovative" deckchair covers are being designed for Weymouth seafront ahead of the 2012 Olympics, says the council.
9th March 2011

London 2012 Olympics: Call for VIP tickets register
There have been calls for a record of all tickets reserved for officials, politicians and VIPs at the London 2012 Olympics to be published.
10th March 2011

Apology over Isle of Man Olympic tickets
The organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have apologised for telling Isle of Man residents they could not apply for tickets in the same way as other British citizens.
10th March 2011

London Olympics 2012 ticket touts face £20,000 fine
The maximum penalty for ticket touting at the 2012 London Olympics is set to be raised from £5,000 to £20,000, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.
10th March 2011

Rapiscan named official Security Equipment and Systems Supplier for London 2012
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced that Rapiscan Systems Limited UK has been appointed as official Security Equipment and Systems Supplier for London 2012.
10th March 2011

London Olympics: Iran to compete despite logo complaint
Iran has indicated it will attend the 2012 Olympics in London, despite complaining that the Games logo resembles the word "Zion".
12th March 2011

Organisations planning to attract Olympic torch relay
Organisations are making plans to attract the Olympic torch relay to the East in the lead up to the start of London 2012.
12th March 2011

Brick Lane's curry houses in touting crackdown
A number of curry houses on east London's Brick Lane have had their operating licences suspended in an effort to stop illegal touting.
12th March 2011

Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes to help create giant Lady Godiva for London 2012
Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes is to work with students from Coventry University to create a corset and shift for a giant puppet of Lady Godiva.
14th March 2011

Countdown Clock unveiled to mark 500 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and OMEGA, official timekeeper for the 2012 Games, tonight unveiled the Countdown Clock in Trafalgar Square - kicking off the 500-day countdown to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
14th March 2011

2012 clock starts counting down as tickets go on sale
A giant clock counting down the days until the start of the London Olympics has been unveiled in Trafalgar Square, hours before tickets go on sale.
14th March 2011

London 2012 Olympic Games tickets go on sale
Applications for tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games opened today for residents of the UK and designated European countries. The application process is open for a six-week period until 11.59pm on 26 April 2011.
15th March 2011

London 2012 'sparks revolution in voluntary sector'
With the tickets now on sale, one of the next big landmarks in the run-up to London 2012, will be the selection of Olympic volunteers in October.
15th March 2011

London 2012: Norfolk 'hopes' for Olympic boom
The director of Norfolk Tourism has said she "hopes" London 2012 will mean big business for Norfolk as she outlines plans to attract sports fans.
15th March 2011

2012 London Olympics ticket sales going 'very well'
The first day of ticket sales for the 2012 London Olympics was going "very well", Games organisers have said.
15th March 2011

London 2012 countdown clock stops in Trafalgar Square
The digital clock in central London which has been counting down to the 2012 Olympics has stopped, less than 24 hours after it started.
15th March 2011

Coe: 'Half London 2012 Olympics tickets not for public'
London Olympic organisers have admitted only about half of tickets for the major events will be available to the public.
15th March 2011

Eight London councils refuse 2012 Olympics ticket offer
The London Organising Committee (Locog) said all London councils had been sent an indicative allocation of what is on offer. London 2012 said any tickets not taken up would be offered to the public.
15th March 2011

Appeal for Cornwall's Olympic memorabilia
To celebrate the tickets officially going on sale, museums across Cornwall will be displaying rare Cornish sporting memorabilia.
15th March 2011

2012 Olympics tickets go on sale for London Games
Tickets for the London 2012 Olympics have gone on sale, 500 days ahead of the event.
15th March 2011

Grenada Olympic team to train at Sunderland University
The University of Sunderland is to be the training base for Grenada's Olympic team ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
15th March 2011

Cultural Olympiad's Tate Movie Project attracts big names
David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Catherine Tate and Rik Mayall are to head up the cast of the Tate Movie Project's film 'The Itch of the Golden Nit', a part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
16th March 2011

Gravesham's big screen competition for London 2012
For the chance of the 10m screen visiting their area, Gravesham residents are being invited to outline what kind of activities they would put on to attract the crowds.
16th March 2011

Olympics 2012 clock undergoes tests after breakdown
The London Olympics countdown clock has been undergoing "rigorous testing" to find out why it stopped less than 24 hours after switch-on.
16th March 2011

Leicestershire children in 1948 Olympic torch relay
To mark 500 days before the London 2012 Olympics begin, 500 schoolchildren took part in a relay around Leicestershire with the original Olympic torch - which was used at the last UK games in 1948.
16th March 2011

London 2012: Wellcome may bid for Olympic Park
The Wellcome Trust medical charity has confirmed that it is considering buying the London 2012 Olympic Park.
17th March 2011

Olympics bringing economic boost to West Midlands
The 2012 Olympics have already provided an economic boost of £494.6m to the West Midlands, figures show.
18th March 2011

London Olympics may ban vuvuzelas and curb mobile use
London's Olympics may be denied the sound of the vuvuzela's buzzing undertone as Games organisers plan to ban or restrict items entering venues.
18th March 2011

Kent Police's lack of 2012 Olympics funding 'unfair'
Kent Police Authority has criticised a decision not to give the force extra funding when London hosts the Olympic Games next year.
18th March 2011

G4S chosen as official London 2012 Security Services Provider
he London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has today announced that G4S Secure Solutions has been appointed official Security Services Provider for the London 2012 Games, and the 23rd domestic tier three sponsor.
21st March 2011

2012 London Olympics ticket sales 'steady and healthy'
The first week of ticket sales for the 2012 Olympics in London has been "steady" with a "healthy" interest in all sports, chairman Lord Coe has said.
22nd March 2011

Square to be redeveloped ahead of the 2012 Olympics
Coventry City Council has announced the final plans for the redevelopment of Broadgate in readiness for the Olympics.
22nd March 2011

Public to name Olympic suburbs
The public are being invited to suggest names for five neighbourhoods to be built on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the 2012 Games.
23rd March 2011

London 2012 Mountain Bike course ready for action
Construction of the venue for the London 2012 Mountain Bike competition at Hadleigh Farm has been completed on time and on budget.
23rd March 2011

Windsor and Eton Olympic road revamp set to finish
A £7m project to revamp the Windsor and Eton relief road ahead of the 2012 Olympics is due to end on 4 April. It will be a main route for the rowing events at Dorney Lake.
24th March 2011

Volunteer interviews for 2012 Olympics start in Salford
Interviews to select thousands of volunteers for the 2012 Olympics are taking place in Salford.
24th March 2011

Morpeth School to host 2012 table tennis training
A school in east London has been chosen by the British and Japanese table tennis teams as their training base for the 2012 Olympics.
24th March 2011

Oscar Pistorius sets new personal best to fuel Olympic Games dream
Oscar Pistorius' dream of competing at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games at London 2012 has moved a step closer after the South African sprinter set a new personal best.
24th March 2011

London 2012 volunteer selection programme arrives in the North West
The process of selecting London 2012 volunteers (Games Makers) from across the UK continued today as representatives of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) arrived in the North West.
24th March 2011

Wood from Velodrome to be used for London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project
With construction now complete on the London 2012 Velodrome, leftover wood is to be used for a 30 foot sea-faring boat.
25th March 2011

Ticket touts target London 2012 Olympics
Unofficial websites are illegally selling tickets for the London 2012 Olympics at vastly inflated prices, a BBC investigation has suggested.
26th March 2011

Surrey roads given £4.18m budget boost
An extra £4.18m in government money has been allocated to Surrey for road repairs across the county.
27th March 2011

Crawley firm signs £100m London 2012 security deal
A West Sussex company has signed a £100m deal to provide security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London next year.
27th March 2011

Blue hockey pitches to make their Olympic debut at London 2012
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced that, for the first time ever at an Olympic Games, the Hockey competition will be contested on blue pitches.
28th March 2011

Construction complete on London 2012 Olympic Stadium
The final piece of turf has been laid on the field of play in the Olympic Stadium, marking completion of construction of the venue.
29th March 2011

International Inspiration project makes a big impression on Paralympic swimmer
Four-time gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer Marc Woods has visited Malaysia to see first-hand the tremendous work that the London 2012 International Inspiration programme is doing for children across the globe.
29th March 2011

Final turf laid at London Olympic 2012 Stadium‎
International inspectors laid the last piece of turf on the field of the stadium, just under three years after building work began.
29th March 2011

Donations given to wooden Olympic boat in Hastings
Dozens of people in Hastings have donated pieces of wood to an Olympic boat building project. It is due to be launched as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
29th March 2011

London 2012 announces wide range of ticket products for disabled people
London 2012 has announced a wide range of ticket products that will help ensure disabled people have a great experience at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
30th March 2011

Brick Lane named 2012 Olympics Curry Capital
An east London area famed for its curry houses has been named as Curry Capital 2012 by Olympics organisers.
30th March 2011

2012 disability ticketing set out
Tickets and practical help for disabled people applying to go to London 2012 have been announced by organisers.
30th March 2011

First Group bus company in £160m order for 955 vehicles
The UK's largest bus and rail operator has said it will spend £160m buying 955 new vehicles over the next two years.
30th March 2011

London Olympics: Judicial review threat over stadium
Tottenham Hotspur have demanded answers from Olympics chiefs ahead of possible court action over West Ham's successful bid for the 2012 stadium.
30th March 2011

London 2012 Olympics: Tube to shut hour later, TfL says
The Tube will close an hour later than usual during the 2012 Olympics, Transport for London (TfL) has said.
30th March 2011

IOC gives the London 2012 Athletes' Village the thumbs-up
Construction progress on the Athletes' Village was praised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today as the first residential plot was completed.
31st March 2011

IOC praises London 2012 venue progress
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has praised the construction of venues for the London 2012 Games on its latest visit to the capital.
1st April 2011

Agency to showcase London ahead of the 2012 Olympics
An agency, London & Partners, has been launched to showcase London to the world, ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
1st April 2011

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