London 2012 chief Coe marks two-year countdown
London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe has marked two years to the start of the Olympics by urging fans to consider what they want to get out of the Games.
“There are two years to go until the Games begin and we want everyone to start planning their once in a lifetime experience in 2012,” he said.
To mark the countdown, Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy became the first to cycle in the 2012 velodrome. Michael Johnson will be sprinting on a temporary track in the Olympic Stadium.
Coe insists the British public should now start to think about what they want to do in two years time, adding: “We are well on track – the venues are nearing completion and our plans are coming together. Now it’s the public’s turn. How will you spend the summer of 2012?
“Whether it’s buying a ticket, becoming a volunteer, being part of our education or culture programmes – there are hundreds of ways you can get involved. Don’t wait – to ensure you don’t miss out, start planning your Games now.”
More than one million people are expected to register their interest in the London Volunteer programme to become a ‘London 2012 Games Maker’.
And Coe said the volunteers are the difference between “a good and a great Games”. He explained: “Volunteers are the people that make the Games. I have seen the Games through a number of prisms.
“We want people to get on the website but don’t make a decision quickly because it is tough.
“It will be three weeks of shift work. You may be in the stadium but you may not be seeing the 100m. You may be working downstairs, making sure the athletes get on the track on time.
“There is a whole mountain of jobs that the volunteers do. Without them we don’t have a Games.”
From BBC Sport
To find out more about the London Volunteer programme, please visit london2012.com