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Olympics News Archive - April 2011

On this page we have archived news items from April 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.

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

Tessa Sanderson's London 2012 Olympic legacy fears
Former Olympic champion Tessa Sanderson has expressed concerns about the future of athletics at the Olympic Stadium.
5th April 2011

London Olympics 'could put strain' on Surrey Police
The Olympics could put a "serious strain" on Surrey Police, the chairman of its police authority has said.
5th April 2011

International Paralympic Day coming to London
London 2012 today announced that International Paralympic Day 2011, showcasing the 20 Paralympic sports in the London Games, will take place in Trafalgar Square, London on 8 September.
5th April 2011

Shortlist announced for London 2012 Olympic Village
Delancey & Qatari Diar, Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Wellcome Trust have been shortlisted to submit best and final offers for the purchase and long-term management of the Olympic Village.
6th April 2011

International Inspiration programme reaches 10.8 million children worldwide
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced that International Inspiration, its international sports legacy programme, has reached 10.8 million young people around the world.
6th April 2011

Cultural Olympiad inspires Northamptonshire photography
A photography project with schools in Northamptonshire has been launched as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
6th April 2011

London 2012 Olympics: Brazil choose Crystal Palace base
Brazilian Olympians will be based at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre during the London 2012 Games, it has been revealed.
6th April 2011

King's Lynn students in Olympic sports trip to China
A group of students from Norfolk is getting set for the London 2012 Olympics with a trip to China to teach sporting activities.
7th April 2011

Jersey Olympic festival details revealed
Jersey will host a cultural festival on 28 July 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics, organisers have confirmed.
7th April 2011

Nigeria's Olympic athletes to train in Surrey
Athletes from Nigeria are to be based in Surrey as part of their preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
8th April 2011

New carbon-saving scheme for houses and schools around the Olympic Park
A new carbon-reduction scheme is being introduced around the Olympic Park, along with plans for photovoltaic (PV) cells to be installed on the Main Press Centre (MPC).
8th April 2011

Could a marathon ever be run in under two hours?
As thousands prepare for the London Marathon, the very best among them face perhaps the most awe-inspiring barrier in sporting endeavour - the sub two-hour marathon. But can anyone break it, asks a columnist.
11th April 2011

London 2012 Olympics 'to miss renewable energy target'
The London Olympics is on track to be sustainable but will fall short of its renewable energy targets, the event's sustainability watchdog has reported.
11th April 2011

Godiva Awakes bike team meets Coventry 'cyclopedia'
The 100 Godiva Awakes cyclists powered a prototype vehicle - named a cyclopedia - for the first time on Sunday 10 April.
11th April 2011

Sainsbury's scheme makes Paralympic sports accessible for children
To mark 500 days until the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games on 17 April, Sainsbury's today launched its '1 Million Kids Challenge' to get children involved in Paralympic sport ahead of London 2012.
11th April 2011

Gatwick upgrade in time for 2012
Plans to upgrade the railway station at Gatwick Airport are being brought forward to reduce congestion in time for the 2012 London Olympics.
11th April 2011

Nikon UK signs as latest London 2012 licensee
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced Nikon UK Limited as a licensee. They will produce a range of sport optics including binoculars, telescopes and laser rangefinders for spectators and competitors.
11th April 2011

Hundreds of name ideas for London 2012 Olympic Park
Hundreds of ideas have been put forward in a competition to name five new neighbourhoods being built on the Olympic Park after the 2012 Games. The deadline to send in suggestions is 18 May.
12th April 2011

Peak District to get Olympics promotional push
Derbyshire's Peak District is to be given extra promotion by the English Tourist Board over the coming year.
12th April 2011

Spring arrives on the Olympic Park as parklands burst into life
Rows of blossoming Wild Cherry trees and lush green lawns have burst into life, as work has been completed on the Olympic Park's wetland bowl.
12th April 2011

Celebrated film-maker to help young people make London 2012 films
One of Scotland's talents, Peter Mullan, is to host a masterclass at the Celtic Media Festival 2011 in Stornoway on 14 April as part of the Cultural Olympiad project Film Nation:Shorts in partnership with Panasonic.
12th April 2011

Coventry's £7m Broadgate redesign plans approved
Proposals to redesign part of Coventry city centre ahead of the 2012 Olympics have been approved.
13th April 2011

Tottenham begins London Olympics stadium High Court bid
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has launched legal action at London's High Court over West Ham United's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Stadium.
13th April 2011

London 2012 secures Rio Tinto as sponsor
The London 2012 Organising Committee today announced Rio Tinto as their 40th domestic sponsor for next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games.
13th April 2011

London 2012 Olympic medal ores to be mined by Rio Tinto
Metal ores to make the Olympic medals will come from mines in the USA and Mongolia belonging to mining firm Rio Tinto, London 2012 organisers said.
13th April 2011

First match played at London 2012 Handball Arena
The first ever handball match has been played on the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) invited the Olympia Handball Club from Crystal Palace, south-east London, to play at the Handball Arena on Tuesday.
14th April 2011

Young Leaders help celebrate the Paralympic Values
The Paralympic Values have been celebrated by young people across London in a series of community projects to engage disabled people in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
14th April 2011

London 2012 Olympics: Transport 'biggest risk'
Transport problems remain "one of the biggest risks" to the 2012 Olympic Games, a London Assembly report has claimed.
14th April 2011

London 2012 hands baton to London Philharmonic Orchestra
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has awarded the contract to record the 205 national anthems for the London 2012 Victory and Team Welcome Ceremonies to the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).
15th April 2011

London 2012 celebrates 500 days to go to the Paralympic Games
Sunday 17 April marks 500 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced a range of exciting Paralympic-specific events to take place over the coming months.
15th April 2011

Last tile laid in the Aquatics Centre marking 500 days to go to the Paralympic Games
The final tile in the Aquatics Centre competition pool has been laid by Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Liz Johnson, marking 500 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
18th April 2011

First brand new London 2012 venue opens
Lee Valley White Water Centre, the only brand new London 2012 venue that the public can use and enjoy ahead of the Games, has opened today.
19th April 2011

London 2012 volunteer selection programme arrives in Northern Ireland
The selection process for London 2012 volunteers arrives in Belfast at the Queen's University Physical Education Centre today as the fourth regional Games Maker selection event takes place.
20th April 2011

London 2012 issues first sustainability report
London 2012 has issued its first full sustainability report, covering the whole London 2012 programme for the calendar year 2010.
20th April 2011

London 2012 volunteer selection programme arrives in Northern Ireland
The selection process for London 2012 volunteers arrives in Belfast today as the fourth regional Games Maker selection event takes place.
20th April 2011

Olympic Park and Athletes' Village workforce tops 12,000
The workforce on the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village has reached 12,635 as the 'big build' nears completion.
20th April 2011

Portraits for London 2012 Cultural Olympiad exhibition revealed
Photos for the 2nd phase of the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 exhibition, the Cultural Olympiad project documenting medal hopefuls and key figures behind the 2012 Games, have been revealed.
21st April 2011

Badminton showcased at St Pancras ahead of ticket deadline
Stars from the badminton world joined forces with the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) last week to showcase their sport ahead of the deadline for London 2012 Olympic Games ticket applications.
26th April 2011

Olympic ticket applications extended to 1am
The Olympic ticketing site, which caused temporary delay following a surge of applications around 10:30pm this evening, is now working normally.
26th April 2011

New sculpture for the Olympic Park
A new permanent piece of public art designed by artist Monica Bonvicini will be installed in the north of the Olympic Park later this year.
27th April 2011

Massive demand for London 2012 Olympic Games tickets
The application process for London 2012 tickets closed last night and early indications show that over 20 million tickets were applied for, with 1.8 million people submitting requests for tickets.
27th April 2011

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