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LOCOG director of sport pleased with Olympic test events

12-15-2011 08:40 BJT

LONDON, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), described seven Olympic test events that took place at ExCeL London (exhibition and conference centre) as a success on Wednesday.

"This multi-sport venue is one of the most important and exciting Olympic venues and will be a hub of sporting activity at Games time, accommodating seven sports during the Olympic Games and six during the Paralympics, second only to the Olympic Park." Jevans said.

"The task of hosting so many sports in one venue was put to the test, delivering seven International sporting events over three consecutive weeks, and I'm pleased with the outcomes. We learnt some lessons that will further inform our operational planning for the Games."

The first week of competition in the London Prepares series events saw International Boxing, Table Tennis and Fencing come to ExCeL London testing workforce, field of play, lighting, results and scoring. Air flow was one of the main elements of focus at the Table Tennis competition.

"It is a very good place, very organised and very comfortable for boxers. Everything here is very good." said Avak Uzlian, the Russian Light Welter boxer.

After a few days turnaround of arenas, Judo and Taekwondo took their turn in the spotlight. In Judo a larger contest area (10x10m as opposed to 8x8m) was used, while in Taekwondo personal scoring systems and instant video replay systems were of interest to organisers.

"It's a massive, great venue and has given us a sample of what the Olympics will be like." GB athlete Aaron Cook said of the Taekwondo event.

During the final weekend of competition, and after another tight turnaround of the arenas, Weightlifting and Wrestling events took centre stage in ExCeL. A new podium platform which made its debut in the Weightlifting arena was received well and the transition of the field of play from Judo into Wrestling was a key testing element which took less than half the time than previously predicted.

"The London Prepares series has been vital for our whole team at ExCeL." said Stephen Newport, LOCOG Venue General Manager of ExCeL.

"We will continue to observe large events at ExCeL to look at spectator flow and management, but we are happy with how the test events have run over the past three weeks."

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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