Monday, August 8, 2011

London 2012 Olympics - - Representatives from more than 200 countries to attend the Chef de Missions seminar amidst London riots

London 2012 Olympics: Chef de Missions seminar amidst London riots
LONDON (August 9) - The riots, ignited from Tottenham (north London) on Saturday (August 6) night after police shot dead Mark Duggan on Thursday night in an apparent gunfight, have spread across London on Tuesday night.

Riots spread in Croydon, Peckham and Lewisham in the south of the city, while gangs of looters roamed the streets of Hackney in the east, Clapham in the south, Camden in the north and Ealing in the west.

Rioting could hardly have come at a worse time for London 2012 with representatives from nearly 200 countries in the capital to attend the Chef de Missions seminar to discuss preparations for next year.

Rioters not only set different buildings on fire but also looting spree was reported in the areas hit by the worst rioting in the capital in years.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

London 2012 Olympics - - Mother of Britain's Andy Turner in Pressure for Her Son's Olympics Dreams

Golden moment: Britain's Andy Turner produces the goods when it matters to capture the gold medal in the 100m hurdles in Barcelona
The mother of double Olympian Andy Turner says she still feels the pressure on race day despite having watched her son compete for 20 years.

Turner, 30, from Hucknall, won his first major titles in 2010, clinching European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles gold medals.

He has represented Team GB at the last two Olympics and hopes to be at the London 2012 party.

Yvonne Turner and her husband have supported their son, with both time and money, since he joined Notts Athletic Club at the age of nine.

She said she was "the proudest person ever" but finds watching the big races difficult.

"The pressure for me and Andy's dad is enormous. I get nervous and quite distressed," she said.

Yvonne said Andy loved sport from an early age and started to show promise as an athlete, aged seven, at school sports days.

"He used to win quite a lot and it got to the stage where people didn't want to race him," she said.

After joining Notts Athletic Club his parents' time was spent ferrying him from one event to another.

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