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2012 Olympics will foster spirit of peace

POSITIVE MESSAGES: The London 2012 Olympics

A LONDON 2012 chief has said that next year’s Olympics can only be a positive in light of the riots that hit the UK recently.

Scenes of rioting and looting across London
were "damaging" to the image of the 2012 Olympics, according to Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt.

A delegation of over 200 International Olympic Committee members were in London at the height of the criminality and witnessed the city in a state of high alert.

And although Hunt conceded the riots were testing for all concerned with putting on the Olympics, he insisted that London will look very different come Games-time.

Writing in his blog for the British Olympic Association, Hunt said: "Perhaps the biggest test of all over the past fortnight has been the riots.

"While there can be no doubt that the images of violence were damaging, in some ways, it underscores why events such as the Olympic Games are so vitally important in our world today.

"A year from now, London will be the city where the world comes together in a spirit of friendship, peace, understanding and human excellence.

“London will be the city where we see the very best examples of humanity – and those images will be far different from what we have seen the past week."

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