The 2012 Olympics are set to get underway in London on Friday. A grand opening ceremony is expected to set the tone for the world’s biggest sporting event.
The biggest problem being faced by the organisers is that of security, after the security firm handed the task for the Games was unable to provide the required number of personnel in time. Following this, personnel from the armed forces and emergency staff were called in by organisers in order to ensure security measures are in place at all venues involved in the Games.
The post-Games problems have also been covered in great detail in the local and international media. Some of these include the displacement and relocation of inhabitants of East London, the area where Olympic Park and Athletes Village have been built.
Friday’s opening ceremony may also lose some of its charm after it was reported that several athletes have pulled out of the grand opening over fears of affecting their fitness and performance.
While organisers and former and current government officials have been quick to defend the preparations, it remains to be seen if London will be able to live up to the hype.
Will the London Games be successful in terms of organisation and operations?
How will the organisers cope with the late revelations of problems plaguing last-minute arrangements?
Will the on-field performances be able to make up for the off-field problems?
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