LONDON, Nov. 12 – The government are focusing on the legacy of a 2012 London Olympics to promote their support – a key factor the International Olympic Committee (IOC) considers when picking a winner — for the bid. Together with the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, the government have pledged more than $4 billion of public funding to cover the cost of staging sport’s greatest extravaganza.
Londoners have been promised benefits that an Olympic legacy will leave – more affordable housing, job opportunities and regeneration – if the city wins its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012.
Mayor Ken Livingstone and Lord Seb Coe signed an open letter on Tuesday publicly pledging to create a long-term legacy for the city.
While a London Games would feature some of the world’s best-known sports venues including Wimbledon, Lord’s cricket ground and the new 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium, it is the legacy of the new Olympic Park which could prove to be the ace in London’s pack when the IOC sits down next week to inspect the candidature files, or bid books.
London is due to submit its final bid to host the games in just over a week.
Pitted against Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow, London has been pitched into the middle of the most heavyweight Olympic battle ever.
It will be a tough fight and an expensive one but the rewards promise to be vast as London bids to stage the Games for the first time since 1948.
The International Olympic Committee will select the venue city next July.
Wales, Nov. 12 — Wales are expected to name their new national coach today, with John Toshack widely tipped to get the job.
The Welsh Football Association (Welsh FA) seem set to name Toshack as the new manager of their national team at a news conference this afternoon, after holding interviews with all the main candidates.
Many of Wales’ players have said they back John Toshack for the job of national team boss.
Toshack, former Welsh international Dean Saunders and Frenchman Phillipe Troussier were interviewed on Thursday.
The new man will replace Mark Hughes, who was appointed manager of English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers in September.
Toshack, 55, is a former Real Madrid coach whose most recent job was with Murcia, who were relegated from the Primera Liga last season.
He was appointed Wales coach 10 years ago on a part-time basis after the sacking of Terry Yorath but quit after just one game in charge, a 3-1 defeat by Norway.
Welsh form has dipped in the last 12 months and they are second bottom of their World Cup qualifying group with only two points from four games