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Volunteer's diary: Multi-cultural, youth-oriented Olympics in London

04-18-2012 14:25 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, April 18 (Xinhua) -- With the 100-day countdown to the Olympics looming, the pressure felt by the hosts to put on a different show from their predecessors is apparent, said Barry He, a volunteer, in his diary.

A law student in the University of Southampton, Barry He will be a volunteer at the London Olympic Games. Growing up in London and watching the Beijing Olympics four years ago with his Chinese-born parents, he expects a lot from the 2012 Games.

His diary said, "The world's fixation on the city of London is rapidly intensifying. Just strolling through the city you are likely to see many hastily constructed community rejuvenation projects littered around the host boroughs of East London. With such a short period of time left and expectations rising, many wonder if it is even possible for London to display anywhere near the level of the previous Games.

"Delivering the games in such conditions of economic austerity means that alternative tactics will have to be used.

"One strength that will surely be utilized is multiculturalism.

"London is easily one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, its demographics vibrant, far more so even when compared to cities such as New York and Los Angeles. It is estimated that over 300 languages are spoken in London's schools, a statistic that will manifest itself in the stadium's audience this summer.

"The organizers and sponsors of London 2012 have also made the games youth orientated.

"The connection between the organizers and young people can even be seen on root community levels. Front row tickets for high profile events such as the men's 100m sprint final have been reserved for school children from the most deprived areas of the Capital.

"These initiatives are taken very seriously at the highest levels.

"The Games organizing committee chairman, Sebastian Coe explained the London 2012 logo, stating it was to 'use the Olympic spirit to inspire everyone and reach out to young people around the world'.

"The intention of the organizers is clear. London is marketing itself to the whole world as a diverse futuristic young faced and fast paced city, defining itself with its own determined character to make this summer's games one to remember."

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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