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« on: October 24, 2006, 07:03:31 pm »

The organisers of the 2012 London Olympics announced that financial grants totalling around £9 million will be made available to encourage overseas Olympic and Paralympic teams to use pre-Games training camps in the United Kingdom to prepare for the London 2012 Games.

The grant scheme will enable all 203 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the 161 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) to apply for credit of up to £26,000 towards the cost of preparing their athletes at UK designated pre-Games training camps.

The scheme highlights London 2012’s commitment to provide the best possible conditions for athletes at the Games as outlined in its Bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We have always been serious when we said that we wanted the London 2012 Games to be the sporting experience of a lifetime for all competing athletes,” said London 2012 Chairman, Sebastian Coe.

“Our grant plan is one example, but an important one, of how we plan to honour that pledge and place the welfare of athletes at the very heart of planning for the Games. That is our commitment to the world’s athletes and we won’t let them or their countries down,” Coe said.

The grants will encourage National Olympic and Paralympic Committees to train in the UK rather than abroad, and reflects bid commitments to maximise Games-related benefits for London and the UK.