By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

Olympic_Stadium_November_2010November 17 - London 2012 is on track to meet its construction deadlines as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission today begins its seventh visit to the capital to inspect preparations, it has claimed.

The IOC team, led by Switzerland's Denis Oswald, will hold three days of meetings with London officials to assess the progress with less than two years to go before the start of the Games.

John Armitt, the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), is confident that the inspectors will be impressed by what they find.

"This year is the toughest in terms of construction and we are at our busiest," he said.

"We will enter 2011 with the confidence that more than three quarters of the construction project is complete and that all milestones to date have been achieved.

"We remain on schedule and within budget but are not complacent about the challenge that lies ahead."

The ODA recently announced that the construction project is now 75 per cent complete and the main venues are on schedule to be completed next summer - a year before the Games.

"East London is being transformed," said Sebastian Coe, the chairman of London 2012.

"Its regeneration is creating a legacy of new communities, new housing, and state-of-the-art sporting facilities that will be used for many years to come.

"Over the next year, we look forward to seeing the changing London skyline as the Park vision become a reality."

Among the venues the Coordination Commission will be shown is the Olympic Stadium, which is structurally complete with roof and lighting towers already in place and work close to completion on installing the seats.

The ODA expects to start laying grass and the installation of the running track next year.

They will also inspect the progress of the Aquatics Centre, where the permanent structure and wave-shaped roof is in place, and the Velodrome (pictured), which is set to be the first venue on the Olympic Park completed with the timber track being installed already.


The Olympic Village is also well on course with more than three-quarters of the residential plots structurally complete and with the structure of the Chobham Academy school also nearing completion.

Work is also well underway on the state-of-the-art polyclinic in Village and first stage of landscaping has started.

"Good progress has been made on the Olympic Park this year with the main stadia looking fantastic as we approach completion," said Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson.

"The whole Park is starting to take shape and it is easy to see what an iconic venue it will be in 2012 and for years thereafter."

Other topics on the agenda are expected to include discussions on the controversial marathon route which will now not pass through the East End of London and end in the Olympic Stadium but instead take place around the centre of the city and finish down The Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

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