London Videos 13:00-13:15 GMT 13-AUG-2012 WF
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London Mayor Hails Amazing 2012 Olympic Games.
The London Media Centre will host the final press conference of the Olympic Games, where London Mayor, Boris Johnson, will discuss the success of London 2012. He will be joined by Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt and LOCOG Chair, Sebastian Coe.
Featuring Interviews with:
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary
Lord Sebastian Coe, LOCOG Chairman
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Boris Johnson - I?m told that superlatives don?t really come well from anybody who has actually had a hand in the Olympics but if you were to say to me that we?ve just held the greatest games ever in the greatest city on earth then I would say you were on the right track and I wouldn?t necessarily dissent with your view.
First of all I want to I want to congratulate all the athletes who came from all over the world and performed so brilliantly, particularly team GB who won medals in fifteen different sports, broke four records and came third on the medals table and as you would expect there will be a parade to honour them and the volunteers on the 10th September, Monday 10th September, about which more later. London?s transport networks held up well in defiance of the sceptics, the tube was up 30%, the DLR up 100%, London overground up 47% comrades, the Emirates Air Line cable car carried a record 31, 964 people on Saturday, the bike hire scheme broke all records by miles, 46, 000 people on a single day I believe.
We welcomed huge numbers of visitors to our city, 300, 000 international, 600, 000 domestic. 5.5 million day trippers, occupancy of hotels was 84%, double that of Beijing or Sydney.
We mobilised a vast volunteer, a vast benign happy volunteer army. The team London ambassadors and I?m delighted to see three of them in the front row, TFL?s travel ambassadors and of course the 70, 000 LOCOG ambassadors. Their enthusiasm was infectious and they played, I think everybody agrees they played a big part in the success of the games.
The economic benefits as you know of hosting the games are estimated to be between 13 billion and 16 billion pounds over the next few years.
I think that the Cultural Olympiad, all those cultural events helped to burnish the image of London as the world?s greatest and wackiest centre of cultural activity. As I said to you the other morning London is more advanced than any previous host city in securing a legacy from the games, 6 of the 8 venues have a future, have a future already assured, the other two of course as you know are hotly contended for. The IBC⁄NBC and the stadium, there are plans for 8, 000 permanent jobs in the park, 8,000 new homes on top of the 2, 800 in the village and you have the rest of the statistics about that extraordinary park and people would?ve seen that park on their screens and they?ll have seen what an amazing place it is. We are, to continue the conversation that?s been going on all week, we are of course driving forward the work of creating a true sporting legacy for the Olympics here in London, you?ll be familiar with the series of sporting events that the city is now going to be hosting. Of the top of my head the rugby in 2015, the athletics in 2017, we?re going for swimming in 2016. As series of exciting global sporting competitions.
Jeremy Hunt MP ? Britain didn?t just surprise the world but rather surprised itself and we have discovered as a country that we are as proud of our contemporary present as we are of our glorious history.
I think we so often allowed ourselves to believe a nation of gracious losers, we are a nation that actually rather likes that winning feeling and we have team GB to thank for that, they have inspired a whole country and I for one hope that the message of those Team GB athletes will go well beyond the sporting world into many other spheres. And finally I think the surprise was that we didn?t just welcome the world, we knew we were going to do that, but we welcomed the world with the most enormous smile and we haven?t always had the reputation for being the friendliest of countries I think we put that myth to rest in these last two weeks and that is thanks to the amazing volunteers who have inspired the whole country and really shown the very very best of what a friendly country we are.
Lord Sebastian Coe ? we are only halfway through our focus now is on the transition to the Paralympics games, sixteen days, but in essence really only ten working days. Our teams are now at this moment, hard at it.
We have two new venues, we have Brands Hatch which will witness the Paralympic cycling, I was there a year ago when we unveiled that that will be an extraordinary course. And of course we have Eton Manor just the other side of the motorway which will see Paralympic tennis and of course the Eton Manner site will be a large part of the legacy story because that then becomes a huge and complex community based sports facility.
We take this very seriously, I?m trying not to become too jingoistic about this this morning but the Paralympic games are coming home and they were created in this country in 1948, most of the big developments and drives within than movement have been British, we currently have the chair of the Paralympic movement Sir Phil Craven who is a member of my Board and also a Brit and that?s really important for us and I think that Jeremy is right, the legacy around the Paralympic games is every bit and maybe even more than from the Olympic games. We were very clear that one of the legacies that we really wanted to push for was just maybe being able to tilt some of those misconceptions that there still exist in some quarters about disability, I think when people see the Paralympic games they will be amazed by the quality of sport that they see.
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