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Coe: London 2012 aims to replicate success of Barcelona Olympics

9 March 2012

Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog) today became the latest to pay tribute to the success of the Barcelona Olympic Games (1992). Speaking to journalist Alan Abrahamson on the second day of the Global Sports Forum, Coe said that LOCOG was “unashamedly taking its cue from Barcelona.”

Coe highlighted the legacy created by Barcelona 1992: in terms of sporting achievement and the wider influence on society. He spoke of the renewal of green spaces around the city and of the links created between the city centre and the beach. These measures, initiated to prepare Barcelona for the influx of visitors during the Olympic, have turned the city into one of the world’s best.

London, Coe said, could benefit in a similar fashion. He spoke of the necessity of redeveloping eastern boroughs of the city – some of the poorest in the UK capital. As well as changing public spaces, the Olympic Games are already creating substantial new housing projects in the area.

Despite the local challenges involved with the organisation of the games, Coe said that was confident of communicating the message of London 2012 globally. “Only New York gets near the diversity of London. We’re not just delivering the Olympic Games for domestic consumption: a host city must drive its values internationally.”

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