A lasting legacy is to be secured following the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, David Cameron has said on the 200-day countdown to the opening ceremony.
“As we kick off 2012, the year of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee, this is the perfect time for the Cabinet to come together and ensure we are doing absolutely everything we can to make the most of this unique opportunity to showcase all the great things the UK has to offer to the rest of the world,” Mr Cameron said.
“As ministers visit Olympic venues, businesses, schools and organisations associated with 2012 right across the UK, I want the message to go out loud and clear, from tourism to business, sport to investment, we are determined to maximise the benefits of 2012 for the whole country.”
Contracts have been agreed for the long-term running of three more of the eight permanent venues, and organisers are confident in securing the future of the remaining two venues, the main stadium and the media centre.
Details of the future legacy of the Hadleigh Farm mountain bike venue is yet to be confirmed, but Essex County Council and The Salvation Army are “committed to delivering a lasting, beneficial legacy from the London 2012 Mountain Bike Events at Hadleigh Farm.” This will involve the development of specific legacy proposals for the area – separate to the plans for the Olympic Mountain Bike Venue.
Cameron added: “As we mark 200 days to go, and six out of the eight Olympic venues having already secured their future, we are well on track to delivering a lasting legacy for the whole of Britain.”