Thursday, 27 October 2011

Olympic Park 2012

The London 2012 Games are the catalyst for transforming 2.5sq km of land in east London. What was once industrial, contaminated land has been rapidly transformed over the past three years.

The Olympic Park will create a green backdrop for the Games and a new green space after 2012 for people and wildlife living in and around the area to enjoy.
The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere of the Games, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars. The northern area will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rain water, while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species, from kingfishers to otters.
Around 2,000 semi-mature British-grown trees have been hand-picked to form the roots of the Park’s green spaces, which will be enjoyed by spectators and become a home for wildlife. There will also be a further 2,000 trees planted on the Olympic and Paralympic Village site.
The trees have been carefully selected to ensure they are ‘future proof’ against climate change. They are mostly native species, such as ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime.
More than 300,000 wetland plants will also be planted in the Park. It will be the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting. It will help create a colourful riverside setting for the London 2012 Games.
Stretching for half a mile between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium will be an area of gardens that will celebrate centuries of British passion for gardens and plants. They will trace the journey of the UK’s plant collectors around the world through more than 250 species of plants, trees, meadows and herbs.
It will also be a highly accessible Park. The gradients of the paths will be accessible to everyone and views will be maintained of the new venues and landmarks in the surrounding area. ‘Henman Hills’ will be created so visitors to the Park during the Games will be able to watch live action on large screens.


The Olympic Stadium will host the Athletics and Paralympic Athletics events at the London 2012 Games, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Key facts

Sport: AthleticsParalympic Athletics
Location: In the south of the Olympic Park
New or existing: New
Permanent or temporary: Permanent
Number of events: 208

Find out how to get to the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Games

About the Olympic Stadium

The London 2012 Olympic Stadium is the most sustainable ever built. With steel a resource in short supply, the build was made 75 per cent lighter in terms of steel use than other stadiums. It also features a low-carbon concrete, made from industrial waste and containing 40 per cent less embodied carbon than usual.

The top ring of the Stadium was built using surplus gas pipes; a visual testament to London 2012's 'reduce, reuse, recycle' approach to sustainability. Steel and concrete use was further reduced by designing the lower section of the stadium to sit within a bowl in the ground. 

During the Games

The Olympic Stadium will be located in the south of the Olympic Park on an ‘island’ site, surrounded by waterways on three sides. Spectators will reach the venue via five bridges that link the site to the surrounding area.

The Stadium will have a capacity of 80,000 during the Games: 25,000 permanent seats in its permanent lower tier, and a temporary lightweight steel and concrete upper tier holding a further 55,000 spectators that can be removed after the Games.

Facilities for athletes within the Stadium include changing rooms, medical support facilities and an 80m warm-up track. Spectator services, refreshments and merchandise outlets will be located outside the venue on a ‘podium’ that will surround the Stadium, rather than being located within the Stadium itself.

After the Games

The Stadium is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate a number of different requirements and capacities in legacy. It will continue to be a venue for sport and athletics, as well as cultural and community events – leaving a lasting legacy.
During the London 2012 Games, the Aquatics Centre will be the venue for Swimming, Paralympic Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and the Aquatics discipline of the Modern Pentathlon.

Key facts

Sport: DivingSwimmingSynchronised SwimmingParalympic SwimmingModern Pentathlon
Location: South-east corner of the Olympic Park
New or existing: New
Permanent or temporary: Permanent venue, with temporary extension during the Games.
Number of events: 192

About the Aquatics Centre

Construction on the Aquatics Centre began in 2008. It will be the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Park, with more than two-thirds of spectators expected to enter the Olympic Park over a vast bridge that runs over the top of part of the venue.

The venue was designed by acclaimed international architect Zaha Hadid. It features a spectacular wave-like roof that is 160m long and up to 80m wide, giving it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5.

During the Games

The majority of spectators will be seated in two temporary wings that will be taken down after the Games.

It will have a 50m competition pool, a 25m competition diving pool, a 50m warm-up pool and a ‘dry’ warm-up area for divers. The Water Polo competition will be held next to it in the temporary Water Polo Arena, with competition and warm-up pools.

The two venues will be close to each other in one of the most compact areas of the Olympic Park. To make the best use of the space available, some back-of-house facilities, such as space for broadcasters, catering and security will be shared between the two venues so they run as efficiently as possible.

After the Games

The Aquatics Centre will be transformed into a facility for the local community, clubs and schools, as well as elite swimmers. The two temporary wings will be removed, although it will be possible to increase the capacity for major competitions.

The Aquatics Centre will also have a creche, family-friendly changing facilities and a cafe, alongside a new public plaza in front of the building.
Construction was completed on the Aquatics Centre in July 2011. 

Olympic News : Athletics

One of the most popular sports that will feature at the London 2012 Olympic Games is also the biggest: Athletics features 2,000 athletes running, walking, jumping and throwing for gold. The athletics motto 'faster, higher and stronger' is the perfect advert for athletics at the summer games. The competition requires athletes to run faster, throw further, jump higher and leap longer than their rivals. There are four main strands to the Athletics competition: track events, such as the 100m; field events, which include the High Jump and the Shot Put; combined events such as the Decathlon, a mix of track and field elements; and road events, among them the Marathon. Staged in the brand new Olympic Stadium, the 24 track events (12 for men, 12 for women) will be held over distances ranging from 100m to 10,000m. There will be five road events on the Athletics programme at the London 2012 Olympic Games: the men’s and women’s Marathons (12 and 5 August respectively), the men’s and women’s 20km Race Walks (4 and 11 August respectively), and the men’s 50km Race Walk (11 August). The 16 field events fall into two categories: four throwing events for both men and women, namely the Shot Put, Javelin, Discus and Hammer, and four jumping events, also for both men and women. In the High Jump and the Pole Vault, athletes aim to jump higher than their rivals; in the Long Jump and Triple Jump, they try to jump further. Finally, there are the two combined events: Decathlon for men and Heptathlon for women.

Key facts

Venue: Olympic Stadium – Olympic Park (track, field and combined events); The Mall (road events)
Dates: Friday 3 August – Sunday 12 August
Medal events: 47
Athletes: 2,000

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Jones always had faith

Phil Jones

Jones always had faith

Phil Jones says he never had any doubts that he could rise to the challenge that comes with playing for the biggest club in the world.
The 19-year-old has been a revelation since signing for the Reds in the summer and has already shown he has the talent and attitude to succeed at Old Trafford.
Jones is loving life as a Red and says he always had faith that his ability would shine through.
"I knew the pressure would be huge. Manchester United are a massive club and I knew it would be a big challenge for me," Jones told
"But I’ve said before I’ve always believed in my ability and hopefully I’m proving to people that I can rise to that challenge.
"I'm really enjoying myself here. All the lads have been brilliant to me and really helped me along," he added.
"Training with world class players week in, week out has only made me a better player and I’m thankful for that."
The weekend defeat to City in the Manchester derby is the first real low point
Jones has experienced since joining and while Sir Alex's men will be keen to move on as quickly as possible from the loss, the defender says being involved in high profile matches like Sunday's is exactly the reason why he joined the Reds.
"I wanted to play a part in all these big games," he explained. "I enjoy the challenge and am looking forward to the ones we have ahead.
"The thing that’s stood out since I’ve joined United is the desire to win every single game. It means to everything to win at this club.
"I’m just glad to be a part of it."

Bangladesh vs West Indies Match Drawn

  • Bangladesh 350/9 Dec (122.4 Overs) 119/3 Dec (42.0 Overs) vs  West Indies 244/10 (68.0 Overs) 100/2 (22.0 Overs) Match Drawn

    Match summary:

  • Match Drawn

T Iqbalc Brathwaite b Samuels5205141
Kayesc Baugh b Rampaul100236
Shahriar Nafeesc Baugh b Edwards320629
R Hasanlbw b Sammy410392
M Rahimc Bishoo b Edwards6805145
S Al Hasanc Baugh b Samuels400383
N Islamnot out3613131
N Hossainc Baugh b Bishoo340647
Elias Sunnyc Sammy b Bishoo0004
S Hossains Baugh b Bishoo90128
R Hossainnot out5015
Total9 wkts, 122.4 overs350
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-110, 3-159, 4-238, 5-255, 6-274, 7-317, 8-317, 9-345

L M P Simmonsc Hasan b Hossain70113
KC Brathwaitec Kayes b Elias Sunny3302135
K A Edwardslbw b Elias Sunny170338
D M Bravoc Nafees b Elias Sunny20014
S Chanderpaulc Nafees b Elias Sunny492372
M N Samuelsc Hasan b Elias Sunny240444
C S Baughb Elias Sunny300532
D J G Sammyb Al Hasan582843
R Rampaulc Rahim b Al Hasan81018
F H Edwardsnot out0003
D Bishoob Al Hasan0003
TotalAll Out, 68 overs244
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-44, 3-52, 4-114, 5-137, 6-152, 7-212, 8-229, 9-244, 10-244
Al Hasan182533
Elias Sunny230946

T Iqbalc Baugh b Sammy370575
Kayesc Baugh b Rampaul130228
Shahriar Nafeesb Samuels500891
R Hasannot out100055
M Rahimnot out2004
Total3 wkts, 42 overs119
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-72, 3-116

L M P Simmonsc Hossain b Al Hasan441549
KC Brathwaitelbw b Elias Sunny0002
K A Edwardsnot out280455
D M Bravonot out242128
Total2 wkts, 22 overs100
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-58
Elias Sunny60341
Al Hasan61341