Should London host the 2012 Olympics?

Posted on September 1, 2008. Filed under: Olympics | Tags: , |

The world is now one small theatre with a stage where every country can perform and show the talent they have. The best thing yet is that it does not matter what your background is 1st or 3rd world, you have the capability of winning the medal. Yet still, the olympics have yet to be staged in the third world countries. can the first world not allow the third world to benefit from the revenue of hosting these games?

Out of the original nine cities who submitted bids to host the 2012 Olympics the list was whittled down to five in 2004, with London joining Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris in the final stage of selection. After preliminary evaluations of the five cities, Paris emerged as the strong favourite in many people’s eyes (mostly due to this bid being the city’s third in recent history), with London following close behind. Over the next few months, London closed the gap on Paris significantly; so much so in fact that many people predicted a tie between London and Paris for the Games.

In July 2005 the final selection was announced at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore. After the elimination of Madrid, New York and Moscow, it was revealed that London would be hosting the 2012 Olympics, beating Paris by just four votes. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games was created shortly after the announcement and put in charge of implementing and staging the Games with various aspects of the Games being developed since the bid.

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will use a mixture of new venues, existing venues and historic facilities as well as temporary facilities. In the wake of the problems that plagued the Millennium Dome, the intention of the London Olympic Committee is too ensure there are no “white elephants” (where the cost of keeping a facility amounts to more than its usefulness) after the Games. Some of the new facilities will be reused in their Olympic form while others, including the 80,000 capacity main stadium will be reduced in size; while several other facilities will be relocated elsewhere in the UK.

London’s public transport systems also face numerous improvements, due to it being an aspect of the bid which scored poorly during the International Olympic Committee’s initial evaluation of the city. Improvements are set to include the expansion of the London Underground’s East and North London lines as well as the introduction of the new “Javelin” high speed rail service using Hitachi bullet trains.

The London Olympic Committee also plans to have 80% of athletes competing in the games travel less than 20 minutes to their event. The Olympic Park, to be situated in Stratford in East London, is to be served by ten separate railway lines with a combined capacity of 240,000 passengers per hour. Park and ride schemes are also in the works to reduce traffic levels during the games while many hotels in London are already preparing for a huge influx of guests.

With a total budget for the regeneration of several areas in London, as well as the cost of staging the Games themselves reaching £9.345 billion, athletes and sports fans alike can expect quite a spectacle when the 2012 Olympic Games arrive in London.

It is about time that we also encourage the third world countries to host these major events. China did very well in 2008 and set a precedance to be followed and a class to improve upon.

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The six secrets of olympics fitness

Posted on August 16, 2008. Filed under: Olympics | Tags: , |

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Are the watches used at the olympics good timekeepers or are the athletes getting faster?

Posted on August 15, 2008. Filed under: Olympics | Tags: , , |

Omega is the official timekeeper of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. It only makes sense that Omega watches keep track of the times in the Olympics, as Omega invented the first stopwatch ever in 1898. In 1948, Omega also created the world’s first photo-finish camera. Even the Swim-O-Matic touch pads at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games were made by Omega. As Omega keeps progressing the way the Olympics can enhance timekeeping, they continue to be the official timekeeper for the Summer Games.

Over many different time periods, the technology used to time events at the world Olympic Games have gone through the a variety of stages which include: manual timing, electro-mechanical timing, electronic-quartz timing and the broadcasting of live results. Timekeeper sponsors throughout the modern Olympic Games include Longines, Heuer, Omega, Seiko, and Swatch.

During the 1896 Athens Olympic games, a manual chronograph by Longines became the official timekeeper. It wasn’t until 1932 when Omega became a sponsor and the official supplier of time for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and continued until 1964. Seiko, one of the early companies to explore quartz movement technology, became the official timekeeper for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. As well as ending the monopoly of Swiss timekeepers at the Olympic Games, Seiko’s designation bore witness to the importance of quartz timing technology.

The emergence of microelectronics brought about a revolutionary breakthrough for the timing of sports. In particular, the advent of computers and software equipped sports timers with more precise and perfected functions. In addition to being shown on the scoreboard, it was a very big deal when athletes’ times could also be shown by video and used for radio and television.

By the year 1972, Omega and Longines co-founded the Swiss Timing Company, which focus in the manufacture of timers for the Olympic and other sporting events. Interestingly in the same year as the Swiss Timing company was founded, the Munich Olympics were held. These were the first Games to introduce the geodimeter and electronic timers with 1/1000th-second accuracy.

At the 2008 Olympic Games, Omega will be timekeeping again, and, just as important, data handling. They will be presiding over 302 events in 28 different sports at 37 far apart venues, principally at the already famed “Bird’s Nest” main stadium in Beijing itself. Omega will be deploying 450 on-site technicians to handle over 450 tons of equipment, to service 70 scoreboards for the public’s view, and 322 sport-specific subsidiary scoreboards, involving more than 175 km of cables and optical fiber. Omega has proved that it has the capabilities to do a great job timekeeping at the Olympics, and it sounds like they will be up to the task again.

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