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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the follow-up reports from the (a) Athens and (b) Sydney Olympics; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that the 2012 London Olympics has no detrimental effect on sporting participation in the UK. (246952)

DCMS officials have looked closely at what happened in previous Olympic and Paralympic games to support preparation for London 2012, which will be the first Olympic and Paralympic games to feature a planned national legacy.

The Olympics represents a once in a generation opportunity to drive up activity and performance in all levels of sport. This is reflected in the creation of Sport England’s new strategy, with the Olympics providing a focal point for the development of a world-leading community sport system. The strategy will deliver one million more people playing sport in contribution to the Legacy Action Plan’s commitment to getting two million people more active by 2012.