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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her most recent estimate is of the cost of the London 2012 Olympic Games, broken down by main cost area. (124799)

I refer the hon. Member to the Committee for Culture, Media and Sport hearing on 21 November 2006, where I gave a detailed breakdown of the recent estimate into the costs of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The transcript is available in the Committee’s Second Report of the Session 2006-07, London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games: funding and legacy (HC 69-ii).

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration the Government has given to the exclusion of Zimbabwe from participating in the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. (125294)

The involvement of individual nations or territories in the Olympic Games is a matter for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Nations of the world send competitors to the Games under the auspices of their respective National Olympic Committee (NOC). The IOC grants recognition to individual NOCs, and then invites them to participate in each Games.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Zimbabwe meets the criteria for participating in the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. (125295)

The main role of the 203 National Olympic Committees, as recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is to ensure that athletes from their respective nations attend the Olympic Games. Only a NOC is able to select and send teams and competitors for participation in the Olympic Games. Responsibility for establishing and applying the criteria for participating in the Games is a matter for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and, depending upon the sport in question, the appropriate International Sports Federation.