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BORIS JOHNSON – MAYOR OF LONDON


city to be welcoming the world to the London 2012 Olympic and Para- lympic Games. It has been an awe-


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some experience seeing our plans unfold, and a credit to the expertise we have in London and the UK to watch our superb venues rise from the ground on time and on budget in such a short time. I have been working closely with LOCOG


and government to host the greatest show on earth, and preparing London for a summer like no other of spectacular


t is a particular hon- our and privilege as Mayor of this great


entertainment across the city. Most impor- tantly, since the outset, we have focused on creating a lasting legacy of new jobs, transport infrastructure, economic growth and new homes, which will benefit Lon- doners for decades after the Games. For centuries our city has been a


powerhouse in culture and commerce, attracting the world’s best talent and of- fering a home – whether temporary or permanent – to communities from every corner of the globe. This summer we aim to show off the


very best of this heritage. London’s Games will showcase much-loved sport- ing jewels, with competition at a number of iconic venues across the city including Wembley, Wimbledon and Lord’s which for generations have been beacons of fair play, innovation and excellence, in- spiring young people across the world. To these, we have added new icons


– including the sleek Velodrome, the sin- uous Aquatics Centre and the stunning Stadium – each with a secure future that will combine community participation with elite training and competition. Our transport system has been upgrad-


ed thanks to a £6bn investment boost, changing the way we travel around the


London 2012’s cultural programme offers art, architecture, music and museum events to visitors


We have invested in more than 20 sporting facilities and trained over 10,000 coaches or officials


capital for decades, and we have in- vested in more than 60 sporting facilities, trained over 10,000 Londoners as coaches or officials and provided funding to around 500 small clubs to inspire young Londoners to take up sports. We have trained an army of 8,000


Team London Ambassadors, who will be ready to give the best welcome possible to the thousands of tourists who will come to the city this summer. Even repeat visitors, and Londoners


themselves, will find something to take the breath away as our city’s streets and parks explode with celebrations of this once-in-a-lifetime event. As the eyes of the world are upon us, there has never been a better time to showcase the best London has to offer and I will maximise every opportunity to do so.


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