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.