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Olympics News Archive - February 2012

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Success for London 2012's International Inspiration programme as it announces 20th country programme in Egypt
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced that London 2012's ground-breaking legacy programme, International Inspiration, has kept its promise to reach 12 million children in 20 countries around the
1st February 2012

LOCOG reveals details of Olympic Flame lighting and arrival in UK
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced the first details of the lighting of the Olympic Flame for the London 2012 Olympic Games on 10 May, and its arrival into the UK on 18 May. The Flame will travel ar
1st February 2012

Traders and advertisers get extra time to apply for go-ahead to operate near Lon
Businesses wanting to trade or advertise near London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venues have been given an extra month in which they can apply for permission.
3rd February 2012

London 2012 volunteers among 10,000 for orientation training at Wembley Arena
The first orientation training event for 10,000 London 2012 Games Maker volunteers and Games time employees took place this morning at Wembley Arena in London. The event was the first of six national orientation events on 4th, 5th and 18th February which
4th February 2012

Football the only sport not to sell out at London 2012 Olympics
Football is the only London 2012 event which has not sold out, with approximately 1.5m tickets still available, BBC Sport has learned.
6th February 2012

Olympic clean-up is complete, says Environment Agency
Work to clean up the Olympic site and create the largest urban park in Europe for more than 100 years has been completed, the Environment Agency said yesterday. An area the size of 297 football pitches, much of which was polluted, has been cleaned up.
6th February 2012

London 2012: Naming rights for sale for Olympic venues
Long-term naming rights and sponsorship deals are being sought for London 2012 Olympic Park venues. Rights for the Olympic Stadium, Multi-Use Arena and Aquatics Centre have been made available.
7th February 2012

Dow committed to providing London 2012 stadium wrap despite criticism
Dow Chemical says it is fully committed to providing the decorative wrap for London's Olympic Stadium despite continuing criticism of its involvement. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has demanded London 2012 terminates its deal with the US firm beca
7th February 2012

Wada fears for London 2012 as drug cheats are slipping through the net
Less than six months before London 2012, the World Anti-Doping Agency fears that fewer than one in five drug cheats is being caught and urged against complacency from governments and sporting bodies in tackling the problem.
7th February 2012

Ai Weiwei and Beijing stadium architects to make Serpentine pavilion
Four years after designing the spectacular Bird's Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing, the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei are to reunite for a London 2012 project.
7th February 2012

London 2012: Agathangelou avoiding qualifying pressure
Jersey's Mariana Agathangelou says she is trying not to put too much pressure on herself in her bid to qualify for the London Olympics.
8th February 2012

Buck confident over 400m world indoor qualifying time
North Yorkshire athlete Richard Buck believes he will achieve the 400m World Indoor Championships qualifying time at the UK trials in Sheffield.
8th February 2012

London 2012: Tom Quinn hopes for home advantage
Canoeist Tom Quinn is hoping being familiar with the Olympic slalom course will help him earn a place in the Great Britain team.
8th February 2012

Olympic canoeing: Our man has never been so out of his depth
Robin Scott-Elliot took the plunge to test the London 2012 canoeing venue that's already open to the public. But did he sink or swim?
8th February 2012

London 2012 tickets printed in Arkansas
London Olympics tickets will be printed in Arkansas and then air-freighted to the UK after an American company was given the contract to produce them. Games organisers awarded the contract for 11 million Olympics and Paralympics tickets to Weldon, Will
8th February 2012

Olympic legacy head Baroness Ford to step down after London 2012 Games
Baroness Ford, in charge of securing the economic future of London's Olympic Park, has announced she will step down after the 2012 Games.
8th February 2012

East London community to enjoy Festival art project
Details have been announced today of a major new work of art by Olympic poster artist Rachel Whiteread, commissioned for the historic fašade of London's Whitechapel Gallery.
9th February 2012

Sarah Stevenson in Olympics injury scare after knee ligament surgery
The British taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson is confident she can recover from knee surgery in time for London 2012. Stevenson, the welterweight world champion and the favourite for Olympic gold, became Britain's first Olympic medallist in the sport at Beij
9th February 2012

London 2012 sustainability watchdog urges IOC to appoint 'ethics champion'
The London 2012 sustainability watchdog embroiled in a row over the sponsorship of the Olympic Stadium by Dow Chemical is to push the International Olympic Committee to appoint an "ethics champion" for future Games.
9th February 2012

Britain's paralympians to face tougher battle than ever at London 2012
The chief executive of the British Paralympic Association has said that with 200 days to go until the London 2012 Games, Britain's athletes remain on track to match the second place in the medal table they secured in Beijing but will face tougher competit
10th February 2012

Ben Ainslie free to race for fourth gold after escaping YHA sanction
The British sailor Ben Ainslie is free to compete at the London Games for a fourth successive Olympic gold medal after escaping further punishment for climbing aboard a media boat during last year's world championships.
10th February 2012

Badminton 'banter' escalates into Twitter row for Olympic hopefuls
The battle for an Olympic place between Jenny Wallwork and Imogen Bankier intensified on Friday as the pair became embroiled in a Twitter row which ended with Wallwork telling the Glaswegian Bankier to "jog on back to Scotland".
10th February 2012

Britain's rhythmic gymnastics squad to learn Olympics fate this month
Great Britain's rhythmic gymnastics group will learn if their appeal over their exclusion from the Olympics has been successful in a hearing at the end of this month. The group narrowly missed a benchmark qualifying score set by British Gymnastics at the
10th February 2012

Jessica Ennis's revenge bid over rival lifts off at Indoor UK Trials
Jessica Ennis has been stewing on her defeat to Tatyana Chernova in the World Championships for five months now, plotting and practicing all the while, thinking about how to beat her Russian rival in the Olympics this summer in London.
11th February 2012

Hammer glamour: Former ballerina Hitchon is giving her sport a new image
When hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon steps into the circle in front of 80,000 people at the Olympic Stadium this summer and hurls a four kilogram metal ball through the air, a childhood spent ballet dancing will be paying dividends in the most unlikely of e
11th February 2012

Bike Wars: Pendleton gears up for ice-cold contest
Victoria Pendleton's intense rivalry with Australian Anna Meares will flare up again in London next weekend as a rehearsal for their Olympic showdown in August.
11th February 2012

GB rhythmic gymnastics group wait for decision
Great Britain's rhythmic gymnastics group will learn if their appeal over their exclusion from the Olympics has been successful at the end of this month.
11th February 2012

2012 Olympic 'segregation' for warring nations
The delicate equilibrium of global politics is rarely a hotel manager's concern. But Chris Hale, who is managing London's Olympics' athletes' village for the InterContinental Hotels Group, has revealed details of the geopolitical segregation he has had to
11th February 2012

London Olympics security report warns of extremist threat in host borough
High-level threat of al-Qaida-inspired extremism reported in Waltham Forest, home to part of the Olympic Park
12th February 2012

Dwain Chambers and Jessica Ennis shine at UK Indoor Championships
After Dwain Chambers crossed the line first in the 60 metres final of the UK Indoor Athletics Championship he had so much momentum that he disappeared head-first through the crash barrier at the end of the track.
12th February 2012

Chambers sets sights on defence of World Indoor title but Olympics remains in balance
Dwain Chambers ensured he will be able to defend his World Indoor title in Istanbul next month with a hard-fought victory at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield. But the 33-year-old also admitted he has one eye on the London Olympics ahea
12th February 2012

Olympic sponsorship tensions reignite
A former London 2012 ethics commissioner who resigned in protest after a decision to accept sponsorship from the chemical multinational Dow, which now owns the company responsible for the Bhopal disaster in India, reignited the row this weekend, accusing
12th February 2012

Biometric scans for all overseas Games athletes
More than 10,000 Olympic athletes and their coaches are having fingerprints and face-scans taken by UK officials around the world in the biggest operation of its type to prevent the London Games being targeted by illegal immigrants or terrorists.
12th February 2012

Olympic Games 2012: BOA to back Millar and Chambers if it loses case
David Millar and Dwain Chambers will be given "100% support" by the British Olympic Association if they are part of Team GB for the London 2012 Games despite their doping violations.
13th February 2012

Olympic sponsorship row fuelled by Bhopal revelations
Olympic sponsors Dow Chemical Company secretly traded through a web of intermediaries to avoid a legal ban on selling products in India after the Bhopal gas disaster which killed up to 25,000 people.
13th February 2012

London 2012: GB rowing coach Jurgen Grobler to shuffle squad
Team GB rowing coach Jurgen Grobler is to overhaul the men's squad ahead of the London Olympics, BBC Radio Berkshire understands.
13th February 2012

Tom Daley's media commitments threaten Olympic hopes, says coach
Tom Daley's coach has warned the diver he must cut down on media and sponsorship appearances if he is to have any hope of winning a medal at the London Olympics during the summer.
14th February 2012

Victoria Pendleton dreaming only of gold after 2008 Olympic nightmare
Victoria Pendleton will go into this week's London World Cup with the fears that have haunted her buildup eliminated. The Olympic sprint champion, who will also aim for gold in the team sprint and keirin in August, said her attitude to the London Games ha
14th February 2012

Smith dropping weight category so she can lift medals in London
Zoe Smith is slimming her way to weightlifting success at this summer's Olympic Games.
14th February 2012

World's best cyclists arrive at Olympic Park
With two days to go until the start of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung, the world's best track cyclists have arrived in London and started their training in the London 2012 Velodrome
14th February 2012

Sculptures add splash of colour to Olympic Park waterways
Crayon-shaped sculptures lining the course of the Waterworks River have become the first artwork to be completed on the Olympic Park.
14th February 2012

Daley told to 'work harder' or risk losing out on London Olympic medal
Tom Daley must cut back on his commitments away from the pool or risk failure at the Olympics, British Diving chief Alexei Evangulov has warned. The Russian believes 17-year-old Daley has to match the preparations of his Chinese rivals, whom Evangulov s
15th February 2012

I won't miss cycling after London 2012, insists Pendleton as she considers life off the track
Queen Victoria will say goodbye this Diamond Jubilee year. And that comes as a relief to the special cyclist herself, for whom the pain of competing and the joylessness of training has simply become too much.
15th February 2012

Rome pulls out of bidding to host 2020 Olympics due to economic uncertainty
Rome have dropped out of the race to host the 2020 Olympics and in doing so have given a massive boost to Qatar's hopes.
15th February 2012

Chambers sets sights on defence of World Indoor title but Olympics remains in balance
Dwain Chambers ensured he will be able to defend his World Indoor title in Istanbul next month with a hard-fought victory at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield.
15th February 2012

Mark Cavendish: Is Olympic gold at end of the rainbow?
Last year he won the World Champion's multicoloured jersey. In 2012 his aim is just one colour in London. He tells Alasdair Fotheringham how he aims to use the Tour to achieve it
15th February 2012

British Cycling chief prepared to deny Chris Hoy chance to defend Olympic titles
British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton would not be afraid to deny Sir Chris Hoy the chance to defend all three of his Olympic titles at London 2012.
15th February 2012

Lane closed - the US Olympic diving team is over here already
It is an afternoon session at Sheffield's council-run Ponds Forge pool, and the usual flotilla of keep-fit swimmers is determinedly groping its way up and down the lanes.
15th February 2012

Cycling: Velodrome on trial as World Cup to offer tough test for GB
Britain's much-vaunted track cyclists will use this week's World Cup event at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park as a "learning experience", according to Dave Brailsford, the team's performance director. Some will have more to learn than others at the firs
15th February 2012

Rome out of race to host 2020 Olympics
Rome has dropped out of the race to host the 2020 Olympics and in doing so has given a massive boost to Qatar's hopes.
15th February 2012

London 2012: Tom Daley told to put medals before media
British diver Tom Daley has been warned he will miss out on an Olympic medal if he does not cut down on his media work.
15th February 2012

London Track Cycling World Cup schedule
Schedule for the London leg of Track Cycling's World Cup, to be held at the Olympic Velodrome. Team GB (unless stated) competitors in italics
15th February 2012

London opens 'The Pringle' doors for final round of cycling World Cup
Thursday night's event at the London Velodrome will rightly be a celebration of the first competition in any of the three iconic venues at the Olympic Park, and the official opening of a building with massive significance for the post-2012 future. Given t
15th February 2012

London 2012: Jacques Rogge hails Dow role in Olympic movement
The International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge, has rejected India's calls to terminate Dow Chemicals' sponsorship deal with the IOC and 2012 London Games and called on the country to recognise Dow's contribution to the Olympic movement.
16th February 2012

London 2012: Barry Hearn doubts Olympic Stadium is fit for football
The Olympic Stadium's suitability for football after the Games has been questioned by the chairman of one of the clubs bidding to become tenants at the £468m venue.
16th February 2012

European Swimming Championships switched from Antwerp to Debrecen
The European swimming championships have been pulled from the Belgian city of Antwerp because of a budget shortfall and will instead be held in Debrecen, Hungary.
16th February 2012

Legacy is vital... Olympic Stadium is not fit for football (says bidding Orient chief)
The Olympic Stadium's suitability for football after the Games has been questioned by the chairman of one of the clubs bidding to become tenants at the £468million venue.
16th February 2012

Hoy battle holds no fears for Crampton after bruising keirin encounter in Japan
European champion Matt Crampton believes his time on the bruising Japanese keirin circuit can help him beat Sir Chris Hoy to a place on Great Britain's Olympic team.
16th February 2012

Track World Cup: GB men and women reach team pursuit finals
Great Britain's team pursuit squads have reached the gold medal races at the London Track World Cup. Laura Trott, Wendy Houvenaghel and Joanna Rowsell qualified for Friday's women's final in three minutes 21.370 seconds, second fastest behind Canada.
16th February 2012

Aviva Grand Prix: Ill Cheruiyot to miss Birmingham
Kenya's world champion distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot has withdrawn from Saturday's Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham due to illness.
16th February 2012

Track World Cup: Sir Chris Hoy & Jason Kenny ready for battle
Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny will step up their battle for Great Britain's sole Olympic individual sprint place at London's new velodrome this week.
16th February 2012

GB women in hot pursuit of first gold after roaring into London final
To the accompaniment of a deafening roar, Great Britain's women christened London's new Olympic Velodrome by qualifying for Friday night's 3km team pursuit gold medal race-off in the World Cup series event.
17th February 2012

18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012 to get underway in London next week
Over 250 world-class divers will compete at the Aquatics Centre on the Olympic Park in the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012 from 20-26 February. The event is part of the London Prepares series, the official London 2012 sports testing programme, and is
17th February 2012

London Eye: A taste of the high life from the man who found Bleasdale
From row two of the press box at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield last Sunday, the H-shaped outline of the pole vault bar and uprights across by the back straight did not look that daunting. Up close and personal at the indoor track at Sportcit
17th February 2012

The day I danced for a place in Danny Boyle's Olympics spectacular
Tom Peck auditioned for the London 2012 opening ceremony. But was he asked back?
17th February 2012

Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry takes Olympics role
Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry will apply his Rugby World Cup-winning experience to New Zealand's quest for a gold medals at the London Olympics.
17th February 2012

Pendleton and Varnish win gold in record time at Track World Cup
If this test event is about markers, signposts and confidence-boosting on the road to London, then Great Britain's team sprinters Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish and their team pursuit counterparts Laura Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell have set off in
17th February 2012

Mo Farah says Galen Rupp's jibes and home fans will keep him fired up
Mo Farah needed an extra incentive ahead of his run over two miles in Birmingham on Saturday and got it last weekend when his training partner and pal Galen Rupp broke the United States record at that same distance. Rupp has been goading Farah ever since,
17th February 2012

Victoria Pendleton denied medal in sprint at Olympic test event
The evening session at "the Pringle" opened with Victoria Pendleton and Anna Meares meeting in the semi-final of the sprint, which felt as if an evening's boxing was opening with the leading heavyweight bout. It proved an enthralling contest, another twis
18th February 2012

Jason Kenny backed to be 'man one' in Britain's team sprint lineup
There is much work to be done around the Olympic Velodrome in the next five months. The buses that transport fans from the Stratford entrance to the "Pringle" for the test event seem to change their route daily depending on the builders' requirements, wea
18th February 2012

A bit steep? Fans may pay to see Olympic bike race
Great Britain's Mark Cavendish will be hoping to bag the first gold medal of the Olympics in the cycling road race this summer. The event, which takes place on the opening day, was supposed to give thousands of people who failed to get tickets a chance
18th February 2012

Sir Chris Hoy's cunning earns gold as Team GB reclaim Beijing heights
There is no droit de seigneur in track cycling. If you want the chance to race for a title, you have to earn it in the velodrome, even if you have four Olympic gold medals in your trophy cabinet and are keen to bring your career to a climax with a success
19th February 2012

Pursuit team can close the gap to gold at Olympics, says Geraint Thomas
The evisceration of endurance track racing in the Olympics has left the 4,000 metres team pursuit as the most prestigious men's distance title. Add to that the fact that in Beijing the Great Britain victory and world record was a defining moment, factor i
19th February 2012

Daley dives into World Cup competition hoping to prove Olympic detractors wrong
Tom Daley will look to prove he is committed to his Olympic dream when the teenager returns to international competition at the FINA World Cup in London this week. Daley was warned by British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov last week that he
19th February 2012

London Olympics watch: Are the air miles catching up with flying-man Mo?
Is Mo Farah putting in too many miles? Not the type athletes cover in training to build endurance in winter, but those that earn them frequent flyer points. This is the question for coach Alberto Salazar to ask himself before sending his man tripping acr
19th February 2012

Female boxers not forced to wear skirts at 2012 Games
Female boxers will have the choice of wearing skirts or shorts in the ring at the London 2012 Olympics. International Amateur Boxing Association president Ching-Kuo Wu of Taiwan told a world conference on women and sport in Los Angeles on Saturday that f
19th February 2012

Danielle Carruthers: The speedway is very famous but no one knows who we are
My training group is based in Daytona Beach, Florida. It's the ideal place for training. It's very quiet, very small. We train at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University there. There are 14 of us - a couple of Europeans and the rest are Americans. My coac
19th February 2012

Open for business! Olympic Aquatics Centre hosts first day of Diving World Cup
The Olympic Aquatics Centre hosted its first competitive diving as the FINA World Cup got underway on Monday in Stratford, east London. And it was a memorable start for British duo Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears who did just enough to seal their pl
20th February 2012

Clive Woodward: From World Cup to T-CUP
Thinking Correctly Under Pressure is Sir Clive Woodward's mantra and it is one of many winning ideas he's developed during a multisport career and is now passing on to Britain's Olympic hopefuls
20th February 2012

Less than 200 days until the Paralympic Games
February has gone so quick I haven't had time to think. My January blues are long gone, the weeks have been flying by and there's now less than 200 days until the Paralympic Games gets under way - quick, pass the nappies! I've been very busy this month
20th February 2012

Net set for gold at Olympics
Four years is a preposterously long time in the world of technology. It's difficult to recall the kind of gadgets and gizmos we were using around the time of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, but the smartphone revolution was a mere blob on the horizon, with
20th February 2012

Home public misses out on 100m final as big interests scoop seats
Just 29,000 seats will be made available to members of the British and European public for the blue-riband men's 100 metres final at this summer's London Olympic Games. That represents 36 per cent of the seats available for the 80,000-capacity Olympic Sta
20th February 2012

Diving World Cup: Great Britain set for Aquatics Centre test
Great Britain's divers will be among the first athletes to compete at the Olympic Aquatics Centre when they take part in this week's Diving World Cup .
20th February 2012

Olympics 2012: Dave Brailsford says Great Britain can improve
Great Britain's track cycling team can improve on their display at the World Cup in London, says performance director Dave Brailsford.
20th February 2012

Steve Lewis salutes GB female pole vaulters
Pole vaulter Steve Lewis believes the standard in the sport is as high as it has ever been in Great Britain, particularly in the women's event.
20th February 2012

London 2012 Velodrome praised by world's best track cyclists
The atmosphere created by the thousands of fans who filled the London 2012 venue was labelled 'incredible' by British rider Geraint Thomas, with the Velodrome track hailed as 'really fast' by Canadian athlete Tara Whitten and 'a wonderful track to ride on
20th February 2012

Games drill for emergency services
A large scale exercise to test how the emergency services will need to react if a major incident strikes during the London 2012 Games will be staged this week.
20th February 2012

Olympic Park: an alternative tour around the London 2012 games site
The Olympic Games are just around the corner, and thousands of curious visitors are coming to the site to see where all the London 2012 action will take place. Join Alexandra Topping on an alternative walking tour with Simon Cole, of Hackney Tours, to dis
20th February 2012

Dress rehearsal announced for Olympic Torch Relay
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has revealed plans for a full dress rehearsal to test the operations around the Olympic Torch Relay on 20 April.
21st February 2012

London 2012: Alex Gregory expects change in GB men's four
World champion Alex Gregory believes Andy Hodge and Pete Reed will be brought into Britain's flagship boat, the men's four, for London 2012.
21st February 2012

London 2012: Popular Olympic tickets available for 20,000
Tickets for some of the most popular London 2012 events are to be made available for 20,000 people who were mistakenly told they had tickets.
21st February 2012

Mo Farah named in 39-strong GB team for World Championships
Mo Farah has been named in a 39-strong Great Britain squad for next month's World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.
21st February 2012

Doha pitches for autumn Games
Leaders of Doha's bid for the 2020 Olympics are proposing to hold the games in October, to avoid the summer heat in Qatar. The bid calls for the Olympics to be held from 2-18 October and the Paralympics from 4-15 November.
21st February 2012

Pay £10 to watch Olympics on screen
People who missed out on Olympics tickets in the first and second ballots are to be given the first opportunity to buy tickets when the remaining 1 million go on sale in April. Games organisers are considering allowing a 24-hour headstart for the estimate
21st February 2012

Tax payers face £2m bill to upgrade Olympic Stadium pitch after Games
The pitch inside London's Olympic Stadium is not up to Premier League standards and will have to be ripped up after the Games at a cost to public funds to allow West Ham or any other club to use the venue in the top flight. The £486million stadium has b
21st February 2012

Courage of a golden girl: How cycling star became an inspiration to alopecia sufferers
After winning gold at the cycling world cup, millions of TV viewers watched as Joanna Rowsell threw off her helmet and stood proudly on the podium to collect her medal. With her bald head uncovered, the 23-year-old Olympic hopeful had no idea she would b
21st February 2012

Third chance to get Olympic tickets
People who missed out on Olympic tickets in the first two rounds are to get an exclusive 24-hour chance to buy when sales reopen in April.
22nd February 2012

Olympics Hyde Park concert will be just a Blur
Those with tickets to the 100m final will not be the only ones whose Olympic memories will be a decided Blur. Damon Albarn's London band have been confirmed as headliners for a concert in Hyde Park at which the closing ceremony will be shown on big screen
22nd February 2012

Don't panic: scheduled terror event
Pedestrians around Aldwych in central London on Wednesday morning need not be alarmed by squadrons of police and ambulances and the sight of commuters being evacuated from the Tube.
22nd February 2012

Step aside, Tom... New kid on the block Laugher puts fellow diver Daley in the shade
Tom Daley's desire for a lower public profile ahead of the London Olympics could yet be answered - by the rise of fellow teenager Jack Laugher. The 17-year-old Harrogate diver took another step towards emerging from the shadow of Daley yesterday when he
22nd February 2012

Olympic stadium pitch to be ripped up after Games
London's Olympic Stadium is not up to Premier League standards and the pitch will have to be ripped up after the Games and replaced using public funds to enable a football club to use the venue.
22nd February 2012

Olympic Closing Ceremony to be 'A Symphony of British Music'
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced that the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled 'A Symphony of British Music'.
23rd February 2012

Take That director promises star-studded extravaganza for Olympic closing ceremony
The closing ceremony for the Olympic Games will be an 'elegant mash-up of British music,' the team planning the multimillion pound show have revealed. The sign-off for London 2012 will tell the history of British culture, including everything from 'Elgar
23rd February 2012

McFly star joins school pupils in Mascot Dance
McFly's Tom Fletcher, writer of the London 2012 mascot song 'On a Rainbow', paid a surprise visit to pupils for the launch of the new London 2012 Mascot Dance.
24th February 2012

Hindes in late sprint for London Olympics after teenager named in GB squad
German-born Philip Hindes has been included in Great Britain's squad for April's Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne. The 19-year-old, who was born in Krefeld in northern Germany but qualifies for Britain through his father, has been included
24th February 2012

Going it alone: Grainger's chase for Olympic gold has come at personal cost
Katherine Grainger has seen good friends fall victim to the lonely pain of an unfulfilled career and she refuses to contemplate suffering a similar fate herself. Yet every night, after the brutal training routine that she hopes will culminate this summer
25th February 2012

British swim chief backs dive coach's concerns over Daley's focus
British Swimming chief David Sparkes admits he agrees '100 per cent' with Alexei Evangulov's concerns that diving sensation Tom Daley may not be able to fulfil his medal potential at this summer's Olympics due to the teenager's media commitments.
25th February 2012

Beth Tweddle: After Beijing, I hated myself and I hated the Olympics
Beth Tweddle recalls all too vividly the moment her crushing disappointment at missing out on an Olympic medal in Beijing hit her hardest. As the members of the British team boarded their flight home, the medal winners turned left to enjoy the privileges
25th February 2012

Mark Cavendish sprints to victory in one-day race in Belgium
Team Sky's Mark Cavendish overcame illness to sprint to victory in the 195km Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne one-day race in Belgium on Sunday.
26th February 2012

Hannah Starling's World Cup win secures full team for London 2012
Great Britain will take a full diving team to the 2012 Olympics after Hannah Starling won a dive-off on the final day of the London World Cup.
26th February 2012

London Olympics watch: Last dive seals podium place for Waterfield
Peter Waterfield, Tom Daley's synchro partner, won a bronze in the individual 10 metres platform at the World Cup in London's Olympic pool.
26th February 2012

Ennis will leave no stone unturned as she seeks Olympic gold in London
Jessica Ennis feels it is the little things which will make the biggest difference in her quest for Olympic heptathlon gold. The Sheffield athlete, 26, heads out to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul on the back of an impressive performance
26th February 2012

Starling ensures British diving team will have full complement with stunning effort
Hannah Starling ensured Great Britain will take a full diving team to the London Olympics at the FINA World Cup on Sunday. Starling secured a second Olympic spot in the women's 3metre springboard after winning the dive-off at the Olympics Aquatics Centre
26th February 2012

London 2012 to stage 11 further test events
The London 2012 Organising Committee has today announced plans for the final 11 test events in the London Prepares series.
27th February 2012

Tom Daley says dispute with coach Alexei Evangulov resolved
Diver Tom Daley says a row with GB performance director Alexei Evangulov is over after they held talks.
27th February 2012

Olympic Outlook: 'Performing on stage is much more terrifying than playing volleyball'
Although now I can't imagine doing anything else, playing volleyball was never something I thought I'd end up doing as a career. I was always into sport and growing to 6 ft 4 at an early age helped, especially with basketball which was my first sport.
27th February 2012

Olympic museum to open after Games commemorating history of London as host city
An Olympic museum will open at the site of the London 2012 Games in 2014. The interactive British Olympic Museum, backed by the British Olympic Association (BOA), will be a chance to relive memories of the Games. Based in the newly-named Queen Elizabeth
27th February 2012

Officials to meet daily at London Olympics to check suspicious betting
Officials say meetings will be held every day at the London Olympics to discuss any possible suspicious betting patterns and assess if any athletes are deliberately underperforming.
27th February 2012

Park bus driver swims the length of her route in London 2012 Aquatics Centre
Semina (Sam) Yousef, a bus driver on the Olympic Park, has swum the distance of her 1,270m bus route in the Aquatics Centre.
27th February 2012

Olympic chiefs to monitor betting patterns to combat 'fixing'
Betting patterns will be monitored for any suspicious activity on a daily basis during the London Olympics. British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan said that plans will be in place to combat the threat of 'fixing' and illegal betting.
27th February 2012

Giant Olympic Rings launched on the River Thames
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today launched a set of giant Olympic Rings onto the River Thames as he announced a programme of cultural events to celebrate London 2012.
28th February 2012

London 2012: Vacuum injury 'focuses' Anne Bochmann
British swimmer Anne Bochmann will concentrate on qualifying for London 2012 in the freestyle, after a vacuuming injury ended her medley bid.
28th February 2012

London 2012 Olympics 'will be under budget'
The Government will confirm today that the £500 million contingency budget for the Olympic Games remains unspent, MPs have been told.
28th February 2012

London to monitor Games bets amid spot-fixing fears
The organisers of the London Olympics will host daily meetings with police, gambling experts and other agencies throughout the Games, in an attempt to combat spot fixing.
28th February 2012

London to open Olympic Museum
A £10m British Olympic Museum will open in the Olympic Park in east London in 2014. The museum, which will charge a "modest" entry fee, will celebrate the 2012 Games as well as housing memorabilia from the 1908 and 1948 Olympics.
28th February 2012

London 2012 Paralympic Games to be opened by The Queen
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has confirmed that Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will open the Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium on 29 August.
29th February 2012

London 2012 Festival countdown event set to hit the right note
Music Nation, the first nationwide countdown event to the London 2012 Festival, takes place this weekend with over 100 live events across the UK.
29th February 2012

London 2012 offers first look at Paralympic Torch
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has today unveiled the Paralympic Torch to mark six months to go until the start of the Paralympic Games.
29th February 2012

London 2012: Gymnasts wait on Olympic appeal
The Great Britain rhythmic gymnastics team are expected to hear the result of their appeal against their Olympic exclusion later on Wednesday.
29th February 2012

Unite leader Len McCluskey calls for mass disruption of Olympics
Unite wants all those opposed to coalition pension plans to target 2012 Games
29th February 2012

Dr Steve Peters: From chimps to champs
When British cyclists want to use brains as well as brawn in the pursuit of glory, they turn to him. The psychiatrist talks to Alasdair Fotheringham
29th February 2012

'Mirror-effect' torch for Paralympics
A mirrored-effect torch to reflect the light of the Paralympic flame will be used in the London 2012 Paralympic torch relay.
29th February 2012

Get it right on tickets, warns Sports Minister
Robertson tells Games organisers Locog they must offer better service to the public in April
29th February 2012

Jumping JJ takes a leap over love in bid to fulfil his London 2012 dream
Getting married is not on JJ Jegede's mind. Olympic glory, however, is. The east Londoner, who famously hopped over three minis last year, took a leap of love over 12 brides as he ramps up his preparations for what would be the biggest event of his life
29th February 2012

Every British athlete to be drugs tested before London Games
Every one of Britain's 900 Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be tested for banned drugs at least once in the run-up to the London 2012 Games. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) will not confirm exactly how many tests they will carry out but their target is for eve
29th February 2012

Let's get up and running! A million reasons why Paralympic Games will be a success
The Year 2012 is the time when the Paralympic movement can come of age by emerging as a sporting event worthy not only of respect but admiration. In Athens eight years ago, there were 23,000 fans in the stadium on the Saturday. Ahead of London 2012, mor
29th February 2012

Duke of Gloucester unveils new landmark on London 2012 walking and cycling route
The Duke of Gloucester has unveiled a new permanent landmark for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on the Greenway, a key London 2012 cycle and walkway.
1st March 2012

Poet Laureate's tribute to sports club rooted in Olympic Park
The first reading of a specially-commissioned London 2012 poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been performed to members of a sports club founded more than 100 years ago on what is now the Olympic Park.
1st March 2012

British Swimming Trials: Rebecca Adlington says failure "scary"
Rebecca Adlington says the prospect of failure at the British swimming trials is "scary" as she prepares to try and secure a place at the London Olympics.
1st March 2012

Unveiling The Albert, the official Olympic football
The official football for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been launched. The Albert was unveiled at the City of Coventry Stadium, which will be hosting 12 matches during the Olympics, including the opening game and the women's bronze medal play-off.
1st March 2012

Every British athlete to be drug-tested before start of Games
Every member of Britain's 550-strong Olympic team and 300 Paralympians will be drug-tested at least once between now and this summer's London Games. UK Anti-Doping yesterday announced what it claims will be the most comprehensive pre-Games programme.
1st March 2012

Olympics 'will hit demand for business flights'
The owner of British Airways - the official airline of the Olympics - has warned that the Games will "dampen" demand for its flights, particularly in the lucrative business market.
1st March 2012

Spofforth starting to believe Olympic dream again after tumultuous 12 months
The issue of mental trauma and professional sport has been intricately linked by tragic events in recent months and few athletes know more about the subject than 100 metres backstroke world record holder and Olympic gold hopeful Gemma Spofforth.
1st March 2012

Cleverley has new goal as United star unveils football for 2012 Games
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has set himself a 20-game target to force his way into England's Euro 2012 plans. A series of ankle injuries have delayed the 22-year-old's promotion to the senior England squad.
1st March 2012

The need for speed: Why the Aquatics Centre pool should be a record-breaker
The British Championships take place this weekend at the Aquatics Centre in Stratford where the trials for places at this summer's Olympics get under way to decide who makes the grade. Here Sportsmail takes you inside the venue and explains the technolo
1st March 2012

Tom Cleverley keen to play at Euro 2012 or Olympic Games
Manchester United's Tom Cleverley has not give up hope of making the England squad for this summer's European Championship, despite the latest injury setback that forced him to withdraw from the friendly against Holland, but says he would be happy to play
1st March 2012

GB's handball coach Dragan Djukic shortlisted for Russia job
It is not just the England football team facing speculation over its leadership ahead of a major championships, with British Handball forced to insist their head coach would not quit just five months out from the London Olympics.
1st March 2012

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