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Olympic and Paralympic Games background checks begin

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More than 380,000 athletes, officials, workers and media requiring access to Olympic and Paralympic venues for the Games will be accredited.

As part of this process they will undergo immigration, criminal record and security checks to help ensure the safety and the security of the Games. The Home Office is carrying out these checks on behalf of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Once the background checks have been carried out the Home Office will recommend to LOCOG that an accreditation should be refused to any individual it believes may present a safety or security risk.

Rigorous checks

This rigorous process has been designed in partnership with LOCOG, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Home Office Minister Damian Green said: ‘We are undertaking stringent checks on all those seeking accreditation. This rigorous process has been designed to ensure those working at the Games are fit to do so. We will leave nothing to chance in our aim to deliver a safe and secure Games that London, the UK and the whole world will enjoy.’

Delivering a safe and secure Games

LOCOG Chief Executive Paul Deighton said: ‘The accreditation process is a big job, crucial to the delivery of a safe and secure Games. We are working closely with our colleagues at the IOC, the IPC and the Home Office to deliver a system that works efficiently and effectively.’

The accreditation pass will also act as a visa waiver for those Games Family members from overseas who would normally require a visa to come to the United Kingdom (UK). It will be refused where an individual’s presence at the Games or in the UK would not be conducive to the public good.