The London 2012 Organising Committee

Cyclists in velodrome
The London 2012 Organising Committee
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for preparing and staging the 2012 Games.
LOCOG is led by Sebastian Coe (Chair) and Paul Deighton (Chief Executive). It is based in Canary Wharf along with the Olympic Delivery Authority.

What is LOCOG responsible for?

LOCOG is responsible for staging a memorable Games in the summer of 2012.

We will deliver the best possible Olympic and Paralympic Games experience for everyone involved, ensuring a real legacy and inspiring people to join in and truly make these 'everyone's Games'.

Organising the Games is a huge challenge. With 26 Olympic Sports and 20 Paralympic Sports, it is the equivalent of staging 46 World Championships simultaneously.  We will organise these across 37 competition venues, with 14,700 athletes, 21,000 media and broadcasters, and millions of ticketholders.

To achieve this, we require a workforce of around 200,000 people by the time the London 2012 Games begin. These are made up of 6,000 paid staff, up to 70,000 volunteers and around 100,000 contractor roles. LOCOG is also continuing procuring £700m-worth of contracts to help deliver the Games.

As well as staging the Games themselves, LOCOG is also responsible for a series of test events in our venues over the next year; for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games; for the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays; for the Inspire programme; for the London 2012 mascots; and for the London 2012 Festival – the finale to the Cultural Olympiad.

Where does the money come from?

Funding for the Organising Committee comes mainly from the private sector. A total of £2 billion will be raised from sources including sponsorship, broadcasting rights and selling merchandise.

The London 2012 brand needs to be closely protected to ensure that these funds can be raised.

Legal status

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited is a company registered in England and Wales, with its registered office at One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN and registered number 05267819.