IOC 'Confident' Over London 2012 Safety

09 Aug 2011

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Trouble has flared on the streets of London for the last three days


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) insists it has 'complete confidence' over safety at the 2012 Olympic Games, reports the BBC.

Londonwas hit by a third night of violence on Monday with shops looted and cars and buildings set alight.

An IOC spokesman said security is a top priority but that it was not its direct responsibility.

"That is something for the authorities in London in whom we have complete confidence," he said.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) director of communications Darryl Seibel said he was confident that the Games would pass off safely.

He told Sky Sports News: "It makes an Olympic Games and a Paralympic Games all the more important.

"We need a reason to come together. What better city to do it in than London.

"It is the only city to be honoured with the Olympic Games on three occasions."

Seibel added that he was unaware that any Olympic venues had been damaged in the riots.

"This is not a reflection of London, this is a reflection of the world we live in today."

"A lot of detailed work has taken place regarding security plans for the Games and we will continue to review them together with the Met Police and the Home Office over the coming year," she said.

The rioting exploded as two senior members of the IOC co-ordination commission, Denis Oswald and Gilbert Felli arrived for a project overview.

And a further 200 representatives of National Olympic Committees will be in London, attending seminars, about The Chef de Missions oversee the build-up to the Games and manage team's performance and logistics.

There is also a series of Olympic tests events taking place around the capital from August 9-14 as part of the London Prepares Series.

LOCOG, the games organiser, says the events will go ahead as planned with 1,500 spectators expected for each of the 54 matches at the Horse Guards Parade for beach volleyball.

England's football friendly with the Netherlands at Wembley has been called off as have Carling Cup matches at Charlton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Bristol City. 

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