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In just a few (hopefully) short months, the wait will finally be over. Lord Coe and Boris Johnson seem to have been banging on about budgets and planning for at least a decade, but now it’s finally here. 26 sports and 39 disciplines are all that stands between mediocrity and immortality. The greatest show on Earth (I hardly need to say Olympics, do I?) is coming to London.
The eyes of the world will be on the East End in July 2012, an area famed for its poverty, perpetual decline and geezers making money in various nefarious ways. To be fair, most of those Cockney stereotypes were gleaned and maintained by long-running soap East Enders’s increasingly out-of-date plot and characters. The barrow boys may long since have deserted the streets east of the City but the transformation of Stratford and its environs – from post-industrial marsh to hyper-connected sport city – is very real.
After all the build-up and suspense, it seems certain that these last few months will seem even longer than usual. Help is at hand. Some things in Stratford are already raring to go. Grab a seat and have your Christmas bash overlooking the East’s new splendour.
You don’t need to have tickets to enjoy the Games. There will be plenty on offer at the Olympic site for those who are after the atmosphere and big screens of this sport festival. Before the action begins, Forman and Field have devised a Twenty 12 Days of Christmas (geddit?) party to let eager athletics fans catch a glimpse of the stunning new facilities. With gourmet food and truly world class views, they’ve got hospitality covered. If that’s not enough, they’re even throwing in a few future Olympic stars to dine and then duel with party goers, with (presumably highly competitive) rounds of table tennis, fencing, rowing, hand ball or basketball. Can’t make it over to London that soon? Have no fear. Luxury hampers from Formanandfield.com are ready and waiting to bring a touch of class to your crimbo table.
Despite the high-profiles of the organisers, chiefly Lord Coe and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the real stars of the Games will be the athletes. Tensely waiting in the traditional Olympic athletes’ village (which afterwards will be converted into flats) these men and women represent the best in humanity’s physical ability. In 26 different sports broken down into 39 disciplines, they will compete for immortality. In most cases a claim like that is an idle boast, merely part and parcel of a marketing campaign. In the Olympics, however, it’s a fact.