LONDON OLYMPICS: Games will be ‘best ever’

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LONDON 2012 will surpass Sydney and be hailed as the best Olympics ever staged, Australia’s leading IOC member predicted as organisers marked 100 days to the start of the Games yesterday.

Kevan Gosper, an IOC member since 1977 and a vice-president of the Sydney 2000 Olympics organising committee, said London 2012 had succeeded in turning the Games into a nationwide event rather than one just focused on the capital.

Organisers launched their slogan for the Games - Inspire a Generation - with Gosper saying there would be no envy from Australia if London takes over Sydney’s mantle as the best Games there has been.

Gosper said: “I would expect that with everything that has been put into London that these will be the best Games we’ve seen. What makes it different is this is a truly British Games and that the integration of the national, regional and city operations has put the whole country behind this and given it a huge impetus.”

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: “I am delighted to announce the motto Inspire a Generation.

“It is everything we have been saying since we have started this extraordinary journey, not just since we got across the finish line in Singapore. It is the heartbeat, the very DNA of this organisation and a rallying cry for the athletes to come to the UK to perform at their very best and inspire the world.”

It’s too early to say which of our athletes will be at the Olympic Games, several have already qualified while others are contenders for their sports. All will become clear as trials are completed and selections are made.

n Archery - Amy Oliver

n Athletics - Jessica Ennis, Mukhtar Mohammed, Luke Cutts, Louise Bloor, Hatti Dean

n Basketball - Devon Van Oostrum, Nate Reinking, Chris Finch

n Cycling - Ben Swift, Ed Clancy

n Diving - Nick Robinson-Baker, Megan Sylvester, Monique Gladding

n Hockey - Barry Middleton, Alistair Wilson

n Sailing - Paul Goodison

n Swimming - Joe Roebuck, Becky Turner, Ellie Faulkner

n Taikwondo - Sarah Stevenson

n Table tennis - Paul Drinkhall

n Volleyball - Rachel Laybourne

n Water polo - Fran Leighton, Vickie Bowen