Olympic Games 2012

Olympics written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether there are plans to mark the previous Olympic Games held in London during the London 2012 Olympics.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (London), Minister (Cabinet Office) (Also Minister for Olympics and Paymaster General)

The Cultural Olympiad is recognising the legacy of previous Olympics held in the UK through the annual Open Weekend celebrations which mark the countdown to London 2012, and the Inspire programme which recognises non-commercial projects genuinely inspired by 2012.

For example, the venues of the 1908 and 1948 London Olympic games have been celebrated through various Open Weekend projects including walking tours of the sites of the three London Olympic stadia. In the West Midlands, the 'Museums Keep Moving' Cultural Olympiad Inspire Mark exhibition explores the history and philosophy of the Much Wenlock Olympic games and its role in inspiring Baron Pierre de Coubertin in founding the modern Olympics.

A number of sporting events were hosted at Stoke Mandeville Stadium as part of the Open Weekend celebrations, recognising Stoke Mandeville's status as the birthplace of the Paralympic games.

London 2012 and The Royal Mint produced a limited edition IVth Olympiad London Anniversary commemorative £2 coin in 2008 to mark the centenary of the 1908 London Olympic games.

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