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VICTORY: Much like Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu (pictured) The Voice Newspaper is celebrating after being granted access to the Olympic Stadium

THE VOICE is today celebrating being granted accreditation to the Olympic Games which starts July 27.

When it was reported that The Voice had been denied accreditation to the Games last week it provoked public outcry throughout Britain when it was revealed that its leading black newspaper would not be able to cover the Games.

This resulted in thousands of people signing an online petition and inundated the paper with telephone calls and messages of support.

Support came from MPs David Lammy, Chuka Umunna, and Tessa Jowell, who sits on the Olympic Board, who wrote to the British Olympic Association urging them to reconsider their decision.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also made contact with the British Olympic Association asking them to look again at the application as a matter of priority.

In a statement, the BOA said: “We are pleased to confirm that the International Olympic Committee has awarded an accreditation to the BOA, which will be allocated to The Voice.”

Miriam Wilkens, a spokeswoman for the BOA, said that the organisation had reconsidered The Voice’s application and had decided to grant one pass.

Managing Director of The Voice, George Ruddock, said: “This is excellent news that the BOA have decided to award press accreditation to The Voice newspaper to cover the games inside the Olympic stadium.

"We were disappointed with the initial decision not to award The Voice with accreditation to the games. However we are glad that the matter has now been resolved to everyone's satisification.

"The Voice is indebted to the all our readers, supporters and the media who supported our application. Accrediation to the games will allow us to provide our readers with greater coverage from a black prospectitive. Finally, thanks to the IOC for granting The Voice accreditation."

Rodney Hinds said: "Both myself and The Voice has been humbled.

"We would not have gained accreditation without the support of the Mayor of London, Tessa Jowell, the Jamaican High Commissioner and all the MPs who backed us and finally but by no means least our readers."

Zita Holbourne, who got the petition under way, said: “This is about a few people standing up and a whole community taking up the cause. People should have the courage to stand up and speak out.

“We all stood together and in just three days we got the BOA’s decision reversed. We are capable of good things if people unite.

“People need to keep this campaign close to their hearts and remember what was achieved."

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