Team GB Impressed with London 2012 Chefs de Mission Seminar

12 September 2011 / 13:00

A delegation representing Team GB participated this week in the London 2012 Chefs de Mission Seminar.  The delegation was led by Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt and included Deputy Chefs de Mission Clive Woodard, Mark England and Jan Patterson, and Programme Director Kate O'Sullivan.

During the three day event, which was attended by representatives from around 200 National Olympic Committees, members of the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) updated delegates on their detailed planning for the 2012 Olympic Games across a wide range of areas including logistics and transport, venues and villages, security and media.

Delegates also attended meetings on the topics of ticketing, accommodation, accreditation, security and ceremonies, and visited the Olympic Park to see the development of the Olympic Village and competition venues first hand.

The information will be used to further fine-tune and update the British Olympic Association’s (BOA’s) operational blueprint for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Team GB Chef de Mission and BOA CEO Andy Hunt said:
"The Chefs de Mission seminar has provided us with a valuable update across a wide range of topics and LOCOG are to be congratulated for the high quality and excellent level of detail presented one year out from the Games."

“National Olympic Committee’s were particularly impressed with the development of the Olympic Park, Venues and Villages and recognise that they will be home to some extraordinary sports competition in 2012 and will help to create a great legacy for the UK beyond next summer.

“LOCOG have successfully demonstrated their ability to move from planning to delivery with the recent set of test events, which have received universally positive feedback from athletes, National Federation’s and NOC’s.

“The NOC representatives present this week have seen first-hand many of the iconic landmarks that will be the backdrop to the Games and experienced some of our rich history and heritage. There was a great deal of excitement and agreement that London will be an excellent host for the Games.

“The riots at the start of the week did not impact upon the Chef de Missions meeting and the level of confidence in the British security services to deliver a safe Games is extremely high amongst our colleagues across the Olympic Movement.”