London Riots Threaten Olympic Prep

Organizers will still host swim, bike race

Aug 9, 2011
Outside Magazine

London Olympic organizers will not cancel test events this week in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics, including a road bike race, despite widespread rioting and violence that has set parts of London aflame and destabilized the government of Prime Minister David Cameron. Olympic organizers are hosting a volleyball tournament near Cameron's residence in central London, and have no plans to cancel a badminton tournament that is already underway. An open-water swim in Hyde Park is still on tap for Saturday, as is a cycling race for Sunday. "[W]e're happy with how local organizers are dealing with the issue," an International Olympic Committee spokesman said. Until last week, security concerns for the Olympics Games had focused on terrorism. The city has seen several deadly terrorist attacks in recent years, including the infamous bombings that killed 52 people on July 7, 2005, one day after Olympic officials awarded London the games. The current rioting began as protests on Saturday after police shot and killed a man in Tottenham, in North London, on Thursday.

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