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Securing the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games promise to be the greatest sporting events in UK history. The Home Office is responsible for making sure that the London 2012 Olympic games are safe and secure - find out what we doing to ensure the games are safe.

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 Let the Games begin!

Celebrations will begin with the torch relay in May, with the Games opening on 27 July 2012 and going right through to 9 September.

Together the Olympic and Paralympic Games will see around 14,700 athletes from 205 countries competing at venues in London and around the UK.

All this will take place alongside regular events such as Wimbledon and the Notting Hill Carnival, as well as celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 

Olympics facts and figures

Some key numbers related to the Games:

  • 14,700 athletes from 205 countries will compete
  • 26 Olympic sports will take place in 34 venues
  • 20 Paralympic sports will take place in 21 venues
  • approximately eight million tickets will be sold for the Olympic Games, with another two million for the Paralympic Games
  • 20,000 members of the world’s media are expected to attend.

The legacy of the Games

Security for the Games will leave a lasting positive legacy:

  • making communities more resilient against crime and the threat from violent extremism
  • improving relationships between police and other security agencies
  • providing experience and knowledge that will help make other major sporting events - including the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014 – even safer.
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