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Games dignitary embarrassed by saucy extras on hotel bill
Stories are emerging of some interesting interactions at the top London hotels where dignitaries have been staying during the Olympics and Paralympics.

One foreign minister was initially appalled at having to pay a £240 hotel bill, remonstrating that they costs were paid for by Locog and his government.

However his beligerent tone quickly changed when it was pointed out the Premium charges on his television for accessing pornography weren’t included in the bed breakfast freebie. (smiley)

Posted by divingbrit on Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:52 am
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Athletes honoured with victory parade
As many as a million people will line the streets next month as 800 Olympians and Paralympians are honoured with a parade to mark the end of the 2012 Games.

The most successful Team GB squad for more than 100 years will travel on 21 floats past some of the capital’s most famous landmarks as part of the parade on Monday, September 10.

As many as 14,000 volunteers, who won universal praise for their part in the Games, will be given a key vantage point and access to a ticket-only celebration outside Buckingham Palace at the end of the route.

The event – staged a day after the Paralympics closing ceremony – is expected to feature most of Britain’s gold medal winners, including Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Ben Ainslie.

Laura Trott, the double-gold medal winning cyclist, told the Daily Telegraph she thought the experience was going go be "amazing".

She said: "One of the best things about London 2012 was the fantastic support all Team GB competitors received from the fans at all the venues and from the British public everywhere.

"It's a chance for all of Team GB to say a huge 'thank you' to everybody out there who has supported us and to thank the people who made the Games possible.

"Hopefully it'll be a great party atmosphere and a last chance to re-live that great feeling we all experienced together during the Games. We can't wait."

The floats will be organised by sport, with medallists spread along the length of the route.

It will take in St Paul’s Cathedral, Aldwych, The Strand and Trafalgar Square, before setting off down The Mall to a celebration alongside the Queen Victoria Memorial – the setting for the recent Diamond Jubilee concert.

Members of the Royal Family including the Princess Royal, the British Olympic Association president, are expected to attend the event.

But it is understood the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will not be involved. Clarence House also said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry had prior engagements.

David Cameron will also host a party for the successful Olympians, it was announced.

The event – dubbed Our Greatest Team Parade – is being organised by the London Mayor’s office alongside the BOA and the British Paralympic Association.

Crowds for the parade are expected to top those for the successful 2008 Olympics squad and the England Rugby World Cup winners in 2003, when hundreds of thousands of people turned out in central London.

Team GB finished third in the London Olympics medal table after winning 29 gold medals, 17 silvers and 19 bronzes – a total of 65.

Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, said “In the ancient world crowds would line the streets to welcome their triumphant Olympians home, where they would be ecstatically venerated and their victories chronicled for the ages, with names like Leonidas of Rhodes and Milo of Kroton reverberating through history.

“This is a chance to celebrate the heroes and heroines who have thrilled us with their skills, sportsmanship, and grace during London’s spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games, and whose names and triumphs will live on for centuries to come.”

Floats, which will set off from Mansion House in the City at 1.30pm, will be organised by sports in alphabetical order, the Mayor’s office said.

Members of the public will be able to watch the parade as it travels along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street, passing St Paul's Cathedral, continuing along Fleet Street, past Aldwych and into The Strand, before reaching Trafalgar Square.

A big screen at the base of Nelson's Column, with live commentary, will allow spectators to cheer on the athletes as the parade makes its way past Trafalgar Square, it was claimed.

From Trafalgar Square, the athletes will go through Admiralty Arch into The Mall, travelling down to the Queen Victoria Memorial.

The area from Admiralty Arch to the Queen Victoria Memorial will be ticketed for groups making an “invaluable contribution to the Games”, including 14,000 volunteers and members of the Armed Forces.

Andy Hunt, Team GB chef de mission and chief executive of the BOA, said the parade would give members of Team GB “a chance to show their appreciation and gratitude for the truly inspirational support they received from the great British public throughout the London 2012 Games”.

Posted by divingbrit on Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:44 pm
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Olympic sports television channel set to be launched in Britain to capitalise on London 2012
- A new television channel showcasing Olympic sports, such as handball and cycling, is to be launched later this year in the hope of capitalising on the success of London 2012.

Independent television production company Highflyer is finalising plans for the new round-the-clock sports channel, London Legacy, devoted to 24 minority sports, that is due be on air in November.

While the channel will initially only be available through pay-television broadcaster BSkyB, Highflyer said it is seeking wider distribution in a bid to tap into the 51.9 million people in the United Kingdom who watched at least 15 minutes of the London Games on the BBC.

Yorkshire-based Highflyer recently lost its long-time contract to produce horse racing for Channel 4, which was awarded instead to IMG.

John Fairley, the chairman of Highflyer, claimed that at least one Olympic sponsor had already agreed to back the new channel, which will show sports from grassroots level up to elite standard and will cost £5.5 million ($8.7 million/€7 million) to launch.

"The amount of athletics on the main channels has been very small, especially when you think of all the disciplines within the athletics, but the [London 2012] Games have changed all that," said Fairley.

"There is this enormous opportunity...and no sign that any of the main broadcasters is going to pick it up and run with it.

Beth Tweddle_on_bars_London_2012Gymnasts like Beth Tweddle usually only get a chance to shine in the Olympics but a new television channel could change that

"The London Olympics has brilliantly demonstrated the huge desire amongst the British public to watch sports which don't normally get the showcase on British TV that they deserve.

"The number of participants in these sports is already very high – a sport like judo has more than 40,000 [in the UK], many of them women and many of those under 16.

"London Legacy TV will satisfy the appetite to see more of these sports that the Olympics has created as well as encouraging people to take part in them."

The channel will showcase the sports at every level, from grassroots up to elite standard.

Among those to back the idea is London Mayor Boris Johnson.

"I am very excited by the prospect of a new London-based Olympic and minority based sports channel as proposed by Highflyer TV," he said.

"As well as creating a lasting legacy for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, such a channel should raise interest in Olympic sports, and consequently participations rates and sponsorship funding in them too, whilst also giving a much needed platform to our younger athletes."

By Duncan Mackay

Posted by divingbrit on Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:47 am
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