Travel chaos; shambolic security; water-sodden venues and possibly stadium capacities reduced.
Just over a week before the London 2012 Olympics start, and the usual doom-merchant tabloids are giving us headlines that include – the G4S security fiasco, London's creaking transport network, a recent poll indicating that only 3/10 Britons are enthused about the forthcoming event – I could go on...
It is quite the catalogue of woe, and nicely summarises a thoroughly downbeat lead-in to the Olympics - save for neglecting to mention the dismal weather, which threatens to disrupt the action. Oh - and the potential strike by dairy farmers!
But should we really be downbeat about the London 2012 Olympics? Negative stories dominate the headlines, but is that because the positive stories are not so sensationalist? Don't make good reading? A good-feeling story seldom sells - so it appears...
Monday was all about a 32mile tailback on the M4 (not actually Olympics-related), and athletes ‘buses going on four-hour magical mystery tours around London en route to the Olympic village. The more significant story was that London Heathrow (LHR) had its busiest day ever, and came through it almost entirely unscathed. More significant but less interesting. Therefore largely ignored...
And the withdrawal of football tickets is an issue based less on low demand than an excessively ambitious schedule - 50,000 on offer at Hampden Park for Colombia's women against North Korea. Hmm – yes, a bit ambitious that!
This is London and you're talking about tennis at Wimbledon, football at Wembley, Lords Cricket Ground (archery), an impressive Olympic Park, a marathon passing by some of the world's most iconic buildings and beach volleyball in Horse Guards Parade, no less!
London - what better backdrop could there be for an Olympics? What more do you want?
The rest of the world will decide on the success or otherwise of the London 2012 Olympics in a few weeks time. All the ingredients are there for an amazing event though, and I'll be very surprised if it doesn't turn out to be exactly that... Go Team GB!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0GZq2YmpTc - shows video footage of the route from Nottingham Castle to The Round House
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