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Minister for Sport and Olympics headlines UK Sport World Class Performance Conference

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Hugh Robertson opened annual UK Sport World Class Performance Conference last night at the ExCel Centre in London, a 2012 venue. He spoke…

Hugh Robertson opened the annual UK Sport World Class Performance Conference last night at the ExCel Centre in London, a 2012 venue.

He spoke about the successful planning of the 2012 Games and wished our elite athletes good luck in their preparations for next summer. He also talked about why hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games is beneficial for the whole of the UK, and why the legacy of the Games is so important.

The Minister said:

“With just over 8 months to go from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games, I am proud of everything we have achieved.  A construction programme on time and under budget; funding secured for our elite athletes through to Rio 2016; and a grassroots legacy programme launched in Places People Play. But, I know there is much more to do, and we will leverage the success of the Games next summer to ensure that 2012 is just the beginning of a golden era for sport in this country, helped on no doubt by our Great British athletes on the podium. Let’s never forget this is all about sport, about your achievements next summer, and the inspiration and excitement that will bring people.”

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