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Monday, 3 March 2008

London Under Scrutiny

The London Olympics are under scrutiny this week from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Senior IOC officials, led by executive director Gilbert Felli, will perform a scheduled "project review" into the preparations for the 2012 Games. The London organising committee (Locog) will provide a series of technical updates on progress.

Locog will be keen to try to pour oil on troubled waters, re the negative headlines that the London Games have been generating.

The media have been awash with negative stories such as; Dwain Chambers' selection for the British team and his plans to challenge his life ban from the Olympics, the attempt by the British Olympic Association to gag athletes travelling to Beijing and Ken Livingstone's ham fisted handling of the invitation (now withdrawn) to Linford Christie to carry the Olympic flame.

This negative publicity has revealed a shocking lack of coordination among members of the British Olympic movement, which does not bode well for the practicalities of organising the London Games.

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