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Olympics: Opening ceremony to be "sensational"

07-20-2012 15:34 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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The start for the London Olympics is now just one week away. News media questions about the Games grow every day, but the British cabinet minister in charge of the Olympics insists the opening ceremony will be "sensational" and security will be tight.

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Jeremy Hunt, UK Culture Secretary, said, "Well, I think I would expect there to be lots of negotiations going on behind the scenes, but I think the overall picture is very encouraging. I think it’s going to be a sensational opening ceremony. It will show the best of Britain, its history, its culture, our contribution to the world. But it will do it through the artistic vision of one of our finest film directors. So I think it’s very much on track. From time to time you do have a contractor who lets you down. We were let down very badly, but we always had a robust back-up plan in place which we are now activating. The mix of venue security guards has slightly changed, more armed services, more police, and fewer private sector contractors, but the integrity of the plans remain absolutely intact and people from all over the world should be completely reassured that this will be a safe and secure Olympics."

Tight Security

British news outlets reported the Games’ opening ceremony was trimmed to ensure it finishes in time for spectators to get home before public transportation shuts down, and London organizers confirmed tension between ceremony director Danny Boyle and Olympic broadcasters.

The official Olympic Broadcasting Services installed cameras in prime spots of the London Olympic Stadium to capture sports action. But Boyle wants his own cameras in place to capture a cinematic-style show. In addition, safety continued to be a huge issue for the Olympics.

The Games’ main security contractor G-4-S promised to provide some 10,400 guards. But the private firm admitted last week, it would be unable to fully staff the games. It forced the British government to call-in at least 3,500 soldiers to help meet the security shortfall.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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