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London 2012 Games in numbers

OLYMPICS: Around 10,500 athletes from more than 200 countries will take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games, which open in exactly 100 days. Here are some of the key numbers:


By Agence France-Presse

Saturday 21 April 2012, 12:20PM


EVENTS AND PARTICIPANTS:

 

- 10,500 athletes

- 205 national Olympic committees

- 7,500 team officials

- 3,000 technical officials

- 26 sports, 39 disciplines

- 302 medal events

- 34 Olympic venues

- 8.8 million tickets

- 21,000 journalists and staff

- 70,000 volunteers

- 100,000 contractors

 

OLYMPIC PARK:

 

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- 2.5 square kilometres of former industrial wasteland in east London, an area roughly the size of the capital's famous Hyde Park.

- 9 major competition venues, including a £486-million ($790-million, 550-million euro) stadium with capacity of 80,000, an aquatics centre with room for 17,500 spectators and a 6,000 capacity Velodrome.

- More than 4,000 trees, 74,000 plants, 60,000 bulbs and 350,000 wetlands plants put in as part of Britain's largest ever planting project.

- 4 skeletons removed from a prehistoric settlement discovered on the site.

- 2,000 newts relocated to a nature reserve.

 

BUDGET:

 

- £9.3 billion, triple the original estimate.

- A further £6.5 billion to modernise London's creaking public transport network, to manage three million extra daily journeys on top of the 12 million made on any ordinary day in the capital.

 

SECURITY:

 

- 13,500 army, air force and navy personnel, 12,000 police, 13,200 private security personnel and 3,000 volunteers

- A budget of £553 million, raised from £282 million in December 2011.

- Warplanes, two navy ships including a helicopter carrier stationed in the River Thames and batteries of surface-to-air missiles on stand-by.

 

 

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