International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge has hailed London 2012 as a ‘legacy blueprint’ for future Olympic Games at a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, LOCOG Chairman Lord Coe and Sports Minister Hugh Robertson.
The high level endorsement coincides with the IOC’s three-day inspection visit and the publication of the Government’s new legacy blueprint, ‘Beyond 2012’ - which sets out for the first time the breadth and depth of the sporting, economic, regeneration and community legacy that will be delivered after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The IOC visit will be the final Coordination Commission inspection before the Games begin in July.
President Rogge met the Prime Minister in Downing Street to hear from him just where London’s preparations are, and how the government is helping to deliver not just a great Games, but also a real and lasting legacy. He also introduced the new official Sainsbury’s School Games Ambassadors - Olympians Denise Lewis, Darren Campbell and Jason Gardener, and Paralympian Ellie Simmonds.
Mr Cameron said:
Legacy has been built into the DNA of London 2012. But by definition, of course, the true legacy of London 2012 lies in the future. Though much has been done, I am acutely aware that the drive to embed and secure the benefits of London 2012 is still to come. That is our biggest challenge. It’s also our greatest opportunity.
Jacques Rogge said:
London has raised the bar on how to deliver a lasting legacy. We can already see tangible results in the remarkable regeneration of east London. This great historical city has created a legacy blueprint for future Games hosts.
Read about the key aspects of London’s legacy - as set out in a new DCMS document.
After his meeting with Jacques Rogge, the Prime Minister was joined by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal to host a reception in Downing Street for young people involved in the new School Games, as the Youth Sport Trust announced the athletes who will champion the competition as ‘School Games Ambassadors’.