Wembley Arena to host badminton and rhythmic gymnastics at 2012 Games

14:12, May 27, 2010      

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The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has made agreement with the world governing body of badminton and gymnastics on using the Wembley Arena as the competing venue of badminton and rhythmic gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

A media release stated by LOCOG on Wednesday read: The sports of badminton and rhythmic gymnastics were initially earmarked during the bid phase to take place at a temporary venue in Greenwich, but Wembley Arena, which became available after the bid phase, has now been selected as the most suitable venue.

LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe said,"We are delighted to have reached this agreement with the BWF and FIG and I would like to thank them for their full co-operation and support. We will now work through all the detailed arrangements with them and Wembley Arena to put on first class events. This is a big boost to north London which will be a hub for the London 2012 Olympics with the football finals happening at Wembley Stadium."

Denis Oswald, chairman of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the London 2012 Olympic Games, commented, "This is an important milestone in London 2012's planning for the Games. With the venue for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics confirmed, LOCOG will be able to advance full steam ahead with its planning."

The World Badminton Championships will also take place at Wembley Arena in 2011.



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