Skip to main content

Olympic Games 2012

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there are any procedures whereby the United Kingdom and London could withdraw the invitation to host the 2012 Olympic Games; and, if so, what penalties, if any, the International Olympic Committee may impose in such circumstances. [HL1495]

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to London on the basis of the terms of the host city contract signed by the IOC, the Mayor of London (on behalf of the city) and the British Olympic Association, and in reliance on the terms of guarantees given by individuals or bodies who are not parties to the host city contract in support of London's bid. Once a host city is selected and the host city contract is signed, the IOC expects the commitments in the host city contract and those given by third parties by way of guarantee to be honoured.