Olympic Games

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th October 2006.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what locations in the London Borough of Bexley (a) were considered to be used to stage an event and (b) are being considered for training sites for athletes for the 2012 London Olympics.

Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

In order to host a compact Olympic games and Paralympic games as required by the International Olympic Committee, venues for the 2012 London games are, wherever practical, situated as close as possible to the Olympic Park in the Lower Lea Valley. As a result no facilities within the London borough of Bexley were able to be considered as competition venues.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic games and Paralympic games (LOCOG) is preparing a pre-games training guide in which facilities that it has approved as providing a suitable training environment in the UK are listed by location and by sport. The development of this guide will be overseen by a steering group, made up of organisations such as the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association, the English Institute of Sport, UK Sport and the home nation sport councils.

Venues from around the UK, including those situated within the London borough of Bexley, are invited to apply to host pre-games training camps through the LOCOG website:


Applications will initially be assessed on a national or regional basis, and the deadline for facilities to submit their interest is 31 January 2007. Final selection will take place by January 2008 and the guide will be distributed to national Olympic committees and national Paralympic committees in summer 2008.

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Ian Seale
Posted on 27 Oct 2006 12:26 pm (Report this annotation)

So the answer is NONE then!

I wonder why the Thames Gateway Bridge is so important, if there is no clear link between Bexley and Newham?

Mike Carver
Posted on 31 Oct 2006 1:32 pm (Report this annotation)

So much for the additional council tax levy we're going to be paying for the next 30(?) years!