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2012 London Olympics on track and under budget

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So reports the BBC this morning on Radio 4.

This has been possible thanks to the creativity and expertise of companies from round the UK.

Steel for the stadium from Bolton, seats from Luton, turf grown in Scunthorpe this "made in Britain" theme is repeated across the park - a superb urban park with state-of-the-art sporting facilities. There has also been a tremendous outpouring of volunteer help.

Lord Coe acknowledges that the challenges which remain are tremendous.

We have to build temporary venues, including an Equestrian venue in London's iconic Greenwich Park and a Beach Volleyball stadium in Horse Guards Parade in the heart of central London. And then we have to take existing facilities like ExCeL and create five venues within it.

If I add to that interviewing and recruiting up to 70,000 volunteers, preparing to serve 14 million meals, installing catering, retail and toilet facilities plus much more beyond. There is much to be done. . .

Huge sporting events may not be your cup of tea, but pulling this off will be a tremendous achievement.

Update

: Listening to a BBC report this eve reveals that the aquatic arena, which apparently looks like a wave, cost far more than originally proposed. However, everyone is happy with it so that's alright.

And we've corrected Channel 4 to read Radio 4.

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