London Olympics: What”s To Come

Posted on July 4, 2012 in GlobeScope

By Sirisha Akshinthala:


Do you think the above numerical figure is a phone number? No, you are wrong. Not even 30 days to go, the clash of 205 countries, and the pride of sport, the glory of nation- it is the biggest sport extravagant for athletics, London Olympics 2012- “Inspire a generation”. The above numerical figure is the total expenditure of the London Olympics which is said to be the highest expenditure on any sport event till date. 8.4 billion Pounds (74,000 CRORES approximate) is the total expenditure of the London Olympics which has exceeded 101% of the estimated budget. 179% rise in the budget compared to the previous Olympics.

With a huge budget like this, one can expect the ultimate entertainment and the spirit of sport for 16 days. This is the only event which brings 205 nations under single roof and these games of the XXX Olympiad is all set to entertain the sport lovers very soon.

The London Olympics is said to be most anticipatory because of its viewership. When considering the TV viewership, the 2008 Beijing Olympics has the record of the most viewed Olympics in history and this Olympics is destined to break that record.

If we look at the number game of the Olympics, 10,500 athletes are said to a part of the event from 205 Olympic national committees. 26 sports, 39 disciplines, 34 venues around the UK, 302 medal events, 8.8 million tickets, 21,000 media and broadcasters. Be ready to watch out for the new records.

Muse’s “Survival” will be the main official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Lead singer Matt Bellamy wrote the track with the Olympics in mind. And remember it is all about to “Inspire a generation”. This tune will be played throughout the even from July 27 to August. 12 Games, including when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead-up to medal ceremonies and also as the theme for international television coverage. The mascots for the Olympics and the Paralympics are Wenlock and Mandeville. The short films “Out of a Rainbow” and “Rainbow Rescue” directed by Michael Morpurgo, a precursor to the events is a very interesting watch.

India’s two great musicians Maestro Illaiyaraja and academy awards winner AR Rehman are rendering their music to the Olympics. Though India has lost its glory due to Tennis disputes, this must surely be a great relief to the sustainment of Indian sport on the global platform. UK government has expressed that India cannot boycott the Olympics irrespective of any internal disputes and they expect the best ever performance in Olympics this time.

Recently, the greatest runner, Jamaican Bolt gave up to Blake in the trials of Olympics. He has a magnificent record in the past which still keep him as one of the favourites. Bolt is already a living legend. He just had a slow start. Who cares what happens until the Olympics starts officially? Anyway he could lose or still be the best ever. Jamaicans will dominate sprints in London as they are built for speed.

The main asset of this Olympics lies in the fact that the well-known fast-food chain McDonalds has come up with the new type of restaurant called Recycling restaurant. It accommodates 14,000 food lovers at one time and provides the authentic food, both home and continental.

The colour flags, the competition for medals, the passion for sport, enthusiastic music, never ending sprit and the glory of game is back 4 years after Beijing Olympics, which was of less on expenditure and more on Global cause. It was undoubtedly an Asian type of sport event which had great cause but not the high charisma as London Olympics.
The opening ceremony scheduled to be held on Friday, 27 July 2012 and is directed by Danny Boyle of ‘127 Hours’ fame. The closing ceremony will be directed by Kim Gavin. The Paralympics will be held a month after the Opening ceremony of the London Olympics is held.

We always see the craze of Cricket in London. This time it’s the Olympics and not even minute traces of Cricket are seen. Ashes, cricket series between Australia and England, are always noted as the clash of titans in the history of Cricket but the London Olympics will surely surpass the craze of the Ashes. As it is all set to rock and showcase its hospitality and glory to the world of sport.