1.The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are due to be celebrated in London from 27 July to 12 August 2012.

2.London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times,having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

3.The London Olympic Stadium will be the most expensive Olympic stadium ever constructed.

4.The public Transport’s main attraction will be new “Javelin” high-speed rail service, using Hitachi ‘bullet’ trains.

5.The total cost for the eight-minute segments during the Handover Ceremonies at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing was £2.5m

6.To reduce traffic, ticketholders would be entitled to free use of London’s public transportation network on the day of the event.

7.There have been two London 2012 logos: one for the bidding process created by Kino Design and a second as the brand for the Games themselves.

8.The latter, designed by Wolff Olins, was unveiled on 4 June 2007 and cost £400,000.This new logo is a representation of the number 2012, with the Olympic Rings embedded within the zero.The logo is available in a number of colours.

9.This would be the first time that the same essential logo is to be used for both the Olympic and Paralympic games

10.London’s bid featured 28 sports, in line with other recent Summer Olympics, but the IOC voted to drop baseball and softball from the 2012 Games two days after it selected London as the host city.

11.Boxing is the only Summer Olympic sport that does not include events for women.

12.Murad Qureshi, a member of the London Assembly, is pushing for a Twenty20 cricket showcase tournament to be included in London. Twenty20 cricket did originally bid for inclusion in 2012, but was not one of the finalist sports.

13.The BBC will be the sole broadcaster of the games in the UK.

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  2. Yes, Boxing IS the only Summer Olympic sport that does not as yet include women though the Amateur Boxing Association of England expects that that will soon change as this report of England’s progress at the World Championships suggests:-


    England was represented for the first time at the Women’s World Championships which took place in Ningbo City, China finishing on Saturday 29th November. The England team of four boxers were confident of making their country proud, but in reality they EXCEEDED all expectation coming 15th out of the 42 nations that entered.

    Nicola Adams a student at Bradford College, stole the show winning a silver medal in the 54kg weight category. “I’m ecstatic about it and I really can hardly believe it’s happening,” said Adams.

    Amanda Coulson from Hartlepool was eliminated from the tournament in the early stages by the former – and now again – World champion from Canada,Mary Spencer . Natasha Jonas from Liverpool and Lucy Abel from the Royal Navy reached the quarter final stage.

    This marks a momentous time in women’s boxing in England. The Amateur Boxing Association of England is extremely proud of the team and a hopeful of a bright future for this growth area of the sport. “The England Women’s Boxing Team is amazing women who are an inspiration to others. Promoting and helping to develop women’s boxing throughout England. I was very proud to be part of such an amazing team.” said National Women’s Coach Amanda Groarke.

    Amateur boxing is currently the only Olympic sport that does not include events for women. The Amateur International Boxing Association has submitted their proposals to the International Olympic Committee to change this position and the Amateur Boxing Association of England support such an attempt.

    Rebecca Black/ Mike O’Neill

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