London gets thumbs-up and warning from IOC chief

London: London`s preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games were given a glowing endorsement and a warning that the important challenges were still to come by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday.

IOC president Jacques Rogge, speaking after a meeting of the IOC`s executive board, said London`s preparations were going "extremely well" but the next 12 months would provide the real test.

"The challenges for London are not particular to London, these are the challenges for every organising committee," Rogge said.

"The test events that are coming up are a very good indicator if your teams are good enough and that is something I think this will be a great success because the fundamentals of the British organisation are good."

Rogge said the executive board was also satisfied with the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

"All lights are on green," the Belgian said.

Up to 11 new events, including women`s ski jumping, could be added to the programme for Sochi after the IOC agreed to review them next year.

The board said it was looking favourably at their inclusion and took the unusual step of empowering Rogge to make the decision by himself.

Bureau Report