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London 2012 Olympic Games Launches in Cardiff

Updated on July 23, 2012
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2012 Olympics in London

London is awarded the rare honor of being the elected host of the 2012 Olympics beating Madrid, Moscow, Paris and New York for the privilege. As a result, London holds the distinction of being the first city to host the modern Olympics three times in these years: 1908, 1948 and the soon in 2012.

The Olympic Games in the UK are believed to attract millions of tourist from all parts of the globe. More than 30 games will be hotly contested by elite sportsmen representing different countries. An estimated 10.8 million tickets will be issued for the games. The opening ceremony, scheduled on July 27, 2012, will be televised live to billions of viewers worldwide.

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Olympics Opening Ceremony

The glitz and glamour of the opening ceremony is one of the most-watched parts of the Olympic Games. The opening ceremony will be held in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales.

The opening ceremony signals the beginning of the fight for glory in the fiercest international sports competition of all. The Prime Minister of England together with the president of the International Olympic Committee and the president of the Organising Committee will be introduced at the start of the program. A place at the stadium is reserved just for them.

The parade of athletes then ensues to be led by Greece, followed by the host country and then the other nation participants in alphabetical order. After the parade, the Prime Minister of England will announce the official opening of the Olympic Games. Relay runners will light the Olympic torch. Doves will be released after the lighting to signify worldwide peace. A representative athlete from England will then read the athlete’s oath of sportsmanship.

2012 Olympics in Cardiff

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, will hold the first event of the Olympics which will happen on July 25, 2012, two days before the opening date. The Millennium Stadium, on the River Taff at the centre of Cardiff, will host four qualifying women’s football games. The stadium will hold 11 football matches for both men and women for eight days beginning July 25 and ending on August 10, 2012.

Cardiff is just two hours from London. It is easily accessible by train, bus, ferry, car or plane. Its numerous sporting facilities make it an ideal setting for various Olympic Games. Some sports facilities are also provided for the last minute training of the participating athletes.

The Millennium Stadium has a seating capacity of 74,600 people. The stadium is most suitable for football games. It has a retractable roof which is excellent for various sporting activities. The stadium is a walking distance from the train station.

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Visiting Cardiff

Cardiff is the 10th biggest city in the United Kingdom. It is an important tourist centre and is the most visited place in Wales. The city provides ample accommodations of all kinds to visitors, from budget rooms to bed and breakfast to luxurious hotels. Most of these accommodations are just within minutes from the different Olympic venues, tourist attractions, shops and train station.

To make your visit even more memorable, it is important that you tour the other notable landmarks of the city. There is a number of enticing tourist spots to feast your eyes upon. The most popular tourist destinations include Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch, National History Museum at St. Fagans, Wales Millennium Centre and so many others.

Cardiff also offers an exciting nightlife with a number of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants operating in the area. If you want to shop til you drop, you can find most shopping centres near the Queen Street and St. Mary Street. Restaurants are found all over Cardiff to cater to all price points.
In preparation of the forthcoming Olympics, Cardiff takes part of the London Organising Committee (Locog) to ensure that the visitors will have the best Olympic experience of their lives.

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