London will produce a spectacular Games: Coe

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Beijing, Aug 25 (UNI) Praising the organisers of the Beijing Olympics for producing an awesome spectacle, LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe today said London will live up to the challenge in 2012.

''The detailed planning and execution has inspired us. It demonstrates the potential of the Games to energise the international population and the intrinsic values of sport. The international community probably found it difficult to comprehend. But we don't sit here cowed by anything we've seen,'' Coe told mediapersons here.

''You only have one opportunity to observe a working model close up like this. We have grasped it with both hands. These have been a supremely well-delivered Games. It has been an extraordinarily useful learning curve for our observation teams,'' he added.

Emphasizing the importance of creating a perfect enviroment for the athletes, Coe said,''The Olympics are about the athletes. They give up half their young lives to prepare for this. You have to create the perfect climate for them to perform.'' ''You must get the details right, the transport, the accommodation. The attention to detail has been extraordinary. The athletes are being transported virtually to the side of the track at the stadium. No stone has been left unturned,'' he observed.

The two time 1500m Olympic Champion also highlighted the need to have security that was strong but unobtrusive.

''The British police have a very good record in this area.

It is a huge, global, capital city. There will be a balance.

The Games must be enjoyable and the city will not be locked down,'' he asserted.


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