By ITU Admin on 10/03/05 at 12:00 am
Commission Visit to London:
On February 17, members of the Evaluation Commission of the IOC spent the day touring London’s proposed venues for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. One group of Commissioners, including Paul Henderson (Canada), Jose Luis Marco (Argentina), Simon Balderstone (Australia) and Gilbert Felli (Switzerland), came to Hyde Park where the triathlon will be staged.
A little behind schedule, as daylight faded in the cool, damp air, the coach carrying the visitors pulled up by the Serpentine, and the group were treated to a demonstration of the cycle to run transition of a triathlon. A dozen triathletes from British Triathlon’s Start/Potential programme had been waiting for the Commissioners to arrive in order to show off their skills in the carpeted and branded transition area specially constructed for the visit. Once the triathletes had whizzed through, the Commissioners were ushered into a small marquee, where Jasmine Flatters, British Triathlon Chair, and Sian Brice, former Olympian, presented their visions for the London 2012 Olympic triathlon.
Jasmine said to the Commission: “Triathlon is a young, contemporary sport, and here in London we will be able to showcase it against the backdrop of some of the most famous and historic landmarks in the world. The bike course takes in such familiar sights as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. I’m sure that the triathlon will be one of the highlights of the Olympic Games in 2012.”
“There’s no doubt,” she continued, “that if the London bid is successful, there would be a tremendous boost to the sport of triathlon in Britain. We eagerly await the decision of the IOC in July.”