Surprise! London Olympics tests for weak spots
Four thousand people are taking part in the biggest test run so
far for the London Olympic games.
The nationwide three-day test starting Tuesday is going to
involve Games organizers, the British government, emergency
services, health providers and transport operators.
The tests aims to mimic August 4-6 – the eighth, ninth and 10th
days of the London Olympics – where 26 sports will be taking place
across 14 venues. Those sites include beach volleyball at the Horse
Guards Parade, the triathlon in Hyde Park and tennis at
Potential incidents will be thrown up to see how everyone
involved reacts and test the procedures used to deal with the
This is the third and final command exercise before the 2012
games begin on July 27.
”Obviously nothing can fully prepare us for the reality of
hosting the world’s biggest sporting event,” Culture Secretary
Jeremy Hunt said in a statement. ”But we really want to make sure
we do all we can to ensure we deliver an Olympics and Paralympics
that are as safe and secure as possible, while also making sure
everyone involved has a great time.”
The Olympics run from July 27-Aug.12, while the Paralympics take
place from Aug.29 to Sept. 9.