News - Olympic Games


By James Pearce
BBC sports news correspondent

Chateau Bethusy Court of Abritration and SportThe British Olympic Association (BOA) is taking its dispute with the organisers of the London 2012 Games to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Based in Lausanne, the court is the final adjudicator in disagreements between sporting bodies or individuals.

The BOA feels it deserves a bigger cut from the organisers, Locog, of any surplus generated from the Games.

BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel said: "We have filed a formal petition seeking to resolve this quickly and equitably."

Initially, the IOC had been asked to adjudicate on the dispute. The BOA's decision to take its case to the CAS will further anger many who argue that the harmony around the Olympic project is being jeopardised to protect the organisation's finances.

Last week the BBC revealed that the BOA has a significant funding gap and does not have enough money to support Team GB during the 2012 Games.

The case will centre on whether the BOA is entitled to a share of the surplus from the Olympics alone, or the Games and Paralympics combined.

This is crucial, because the Paralympics will need to be subsidised, whereas the Olympics could turn in a small profit. Locog is the organising committee for both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Lord Coe, the chairman of Locog, told BBC Sport: "This is a technical, narrow dispute and we will resolve it.

IOC intervene in 2012 cash row

"This has no impact at all on the ability of Team GB or Paralympic GB to be competing. You know we have got great momentum across the project and the relationships are very strong and this will be resolved."

And on Wednesday, Locog issued a statement emphasising that the Olympics and Paralympics must be treated together.

"The vision for London 2012, created by the BOA, Government and the Mayor of London and set out in the bid book is for one festival of sport, with an integrated Olympic and Paralympic Games, underpinned by a single budget," the statement read.

"It is sad that this vision is now disputed by the new leadership of the BOA. We are grateful that the IOC is helping to resolve the issue."

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Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games are available at a wide range of prices starting at £20. There are also special prices available for young people and seniors across all Olympic sports. Young people who are aged 16 or younger (at 27 July 2012) will 'pay their age' for a ticket. Seniors aged 60 and over (at 27 July 2012) will pay £16. These 'pay your age' ticket prices and senior ticket prices will be available in more than 200 sessions. The price of a ticket for a wheelchair space includes a companion seat located next to it.

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By Duncan Mackay

February 19 - Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has been asked to lead Rome's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the head of Italy's Games Committee (CONI) has revealed.

Montezemolo, who organised the successful FIFA World Cup in Italy in 1990, and has been chairman of Fiat, is expected to give a response at the start of next week and would work alongside Ernesto Albanaese, who has been nominated to be the bid's chief executive.

But Gianni Petrucci, the President of CONI, has already backed him to be a major asset for Rome if he accepts the offer.

"Luca di Montezemolo is the right man, one of the most famous Italians in the world," he said.

"With him our chances would increase.

"I'm in complete agreement with the Government and the Rome Council.

"I really hope the Ferrari president's reply is positive."

The 63-year-old from Bologna, who is worth an estimated $400 million, has been mulling entering politics but said he was committed to Ferrari at the Formula One team's season launch last month.

Montezemolo had been the original choice of Italy's Undersecretary of State Gianni Letta but then Nerio Alessandri, the founder and chief executive of London 2012 sponsor Technogym, was approached.

He turned down the role to concentrate on his own business and because of tensions between him and CONI and Montezemolo has again emerged as the leading contender.

Rome Mayor's Gianni Alemanno is keen to find a leader so that they can begin promoting the bid, although a decision is not due until September 7, 2013, at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires.

"No more postponements," he said.

"On Wednesday 23 February the Mayor will officially announce the name of the President."

The appointment of Albanaese, a former high-ranking official with CONI and now the managing director of Atahotels, as chief executive appears to be a formality after he was backed by all three stakeholders involved in the bid.

Italian officials are also considering establishing an advisory panel to oversee the bid and ensure transparency.


An artist's impression of Lee Valley White Water Centre at Games time. (Image by Populous)

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), Populous, Atkins and Drivers Jonas Deloitte issued new images today showing what Greenwich Park, Lord's Cricket Ground and the Lee Valley White Water Centre might look like at Games time.

The London 2012 Games are unique for their innovative approach to the use of temporary and existing venues both on and off the Olympic Park. To achieve this and deliver a consistent look and experience for all participants, each of the venues requires detailed ‘overlay’ design, engineering and construction to stage the Games.

From Horse Guards Parade for Beach Volleyball, to Greenwich Park for Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon, London is being used as the stunning backdrop for events hosted in entirely temporary venues.

In addition, venues such as ExCeL London, Lord's Cricket Ground and the Lee Valley White Water Centre will be transformed to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games experience in existing venues.

In total, the London 2012 Games will use as much overlay as Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 put together. The extensive project will include:

250,000 temporary seats
165,000 square metres of tents
2,500 cabins
140 kilometres of fencing
250 kilometres of crowd barriers

James Bulley, LOCOG Director of Venues & Infrastructure, said: 'The London 2012 Games will deliver what no other Games has before in terms of the complexity and scale of the event overlay and temporary structures needed. Alongside the absolute commitment to meet the Games requirements, central to our plans have been legacy, sustainability, accessibility and safety.

'Our vision for the London 2012 venues is the integration with London's historic and iconic landmarks alongside our existing world class stadiums and sporting arenas. Our combined overlay team are world class and will deliver the technical excellence required to make this a spectacular Games.'


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