The London 2012 Olympic Legacy- Was it Worth it?

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On 6th July 2005, London was named as the host city of the 2012 Olympics for the first time in over 60 years, beating off a bid from neighbours France at an IOC meeting in Singapore. Described as “a momentous day for Britain” by then Prime Minister Tony Blair, the overall feeling around the country was one of excitement. The whole event was a huge success in the eyes of the majority of Brits and people all around the world. However, at a cost of around 9 billion pounds to the British economy, was it all worth it in the end? I believe so.

Some of the benefits of the London 2012 legacy can include a boost for the British economy in the way of an increase of new jobs thanks to the many additions such as the infrastructure remaining from the Olympic Park; the Olympic Stadium, now used by West Ham United, has provided many jobs for people who may struggled to find a permanent job. Not only this, West Ham also have to pay £2.5 million pounds per year to rent the stadium. therefore adding to the economy. An increase in tourism also helps to boost the economy, as well as inward investment and the encouragement of trade.

Another part of the legacy was to help sport in Britain at all levels. After a successful 2012 Olympics for Team GB on the sporting field, the aims were to continue the elite success into the following competitions and ensuring that improvements to performance will be made as a result of this event. Also, the other long-term aims of the sporting legacy from the games was to increase sport at the participation levels and keep these people taking part in physical activity. After the games obviously made a lasting impression on both the sports-enthusiasts and those who don’t take part in sport, Sport England reported an estimated record 750,000 more people playing sport after the London Olympics; it additionally showed the strongest growth in participation among women ever seen in the UK.

Other impacts of London 2012 do include a regeneration of London by cleaning up some of the less aesthetically pleasing areas of London and turning it into a place where anyone can use, with the Olympic Park being a prime example of this. Once a tipping site, now a multi-million pound sports facility available for everyone. The athlete’s village was transformed into housing to again help to boost the economic scene as well as to avoid destroying a part of Olympic nostalgia.

So maybe the multi-billions spent on bringing the prestige of the Olympic Games to London could have been spent elsewhere, but the legacy left by the summer of 2012 has no doubt made a lasting impression on anyone who still has memories that can be remembered by the incredible infrastructure of The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

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Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Watford

In-demand Watford boss Marco Silva insists his only focus is on his team ahead of their trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

Silva has been heavily linked to the Everton vacancy in the past weeks, with The Toffees having a reported ten-million-pound bid rejected for the Portuguese coach.

After three straight league defeats, The Hornets got a well-earned home win over West Ham last time out, just their second victory at Vicarage Road this season.

Silva admitted that he is ‘working as normal’ and believes that ‘this is the moment for the owners to talk to each other about the situation.’

 

When asked about the current speculation surrounding him, the Watford head coach failed to give a definitive answer on his position. He said ‘No, what I am sure about is that I will be committed every day that I work at this club’. Silva, who has only been at the Watford helm for twelve games, did reiterate that, ‘Nothing has changed because I will work 100 per cent for this club’.

The Hertfordshire club travel to the north-east in eighth place but have lost their last three away games after previously being unbeaten away from The Vic. They have been boosted by the return of Austrian defender Sebastien Prodl and influential midfielder Roberto Pereyra, who have both shaken off hamstring injuries ahead of this clash. Silva will be again without new signing Nathaniel Chalobah (knee) and young Nigerian forward Isaac Success (leg), who are still a few weeks from full fitness.

 

Newcastle will be lifted by a bid headed by Amanda Stavely to takeover the club from current owner Mike Ashley. However, Toon boss Rafa Benitez called for fans to keep realistic on their transfer budget for January, even if the proposed takeover is successful.

When addressing supporters on the takeover news, Benitez said, ‘My message (to the fans) is that we can do nothing. Stay behind the team, support because they can make the difference in some games.’

‘Another message that is very clear for the fans is not that a new owner will come and spend £100 million in the transfer window. No chance.’

On the pitch, the Spaniard’s side have struggled of late after an encouraging start on their return to the top flight. With only 1 win in their last 7 league games, Newcastle go into their encounter with Watford low on confidence, but will know a win could lift them into the top half of the table and just one point behind The Hornets. Summer purchase Mikel Merino and defender Paul Dummett could both be set for a return from injury, but Isaac Hayden will miss the game through suspension.

 

 

 

Oxford United 2-4 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson was left a relieved man as his side survived heavy pressure at Oxford United to escape with all three points.

First half strikes from Filipe Morais and Mark Beevers put the away side in control before Oxford forward Kane Hemmings halved the deficit before half time.

An unfortunate own goal from U’s defender Chey Dunkley restored Bolton’s two goal lead but Chris Maguire’s free kick gave Oxford hope before a late Josh Vela goal sealed victory for Bolton.

The win cements Bolton’s place in the automatic promotion places with a four-point cushion, while defeat deals Oxford’s play-off hopes a huge blow with just eight games left.

 

Bolton came firing out of the blocks and opened the scoring within 3 minutes. Josh Vela floated in a cross for Madine to header from point-blank range, only for Eastwood to produce a stunning save. However, Filipe Morais was on hand to power in the rebound from six yards into the roof of the net.

Oxford were finding it hard to get a grip of the opening exchanges, with the away sides’ extra man in midfield proving a challenge to deal with. Chances were at a premium as the side in yellow were restricted to shots from distance against a stubborn Bolton defence.

As the U’s were gaining a foothold in the game, they were dealt with a sucker punch. Referee Ross Joyce judged a coming together on the edge of the Oxford box to be a foul by defender Chey Dunkley. From the resulting kick, Morais struck the woodwork with help from the fingertips of keeper Eastwood. There was again no rest bite as Bolton defender Mark Beevers was first to react to slot home for a second goal.

With the away team content to protect their two-goal lead, Oxford struggled to make their possession count until late in the first half. After a hopeful cross from Edwards caused mayhem in the Bolton penalty area, U’s forward Kane Hemmings bundled the ball over the line following a goal line clearance from Beevers.

The second half started as the first ended, with the home side on the front foot and Bolton happy to rest in their shape. Yet a rare Bolton foray into the Oxford half led to a calamity in the home side’s box. A long throw was glanced on by the towering Beevers and Dunkley headed into his own net under pressure from Madine.

This sparked Oxford into life. A rocket from thirty yards from Marvin Johnson was superbly tipped onto the post by Wanderers’ keeper Jack Alnwick. But with fifteen minutes remaining, Chris Maguire whipped an unstoppable twenty-yard free kick

However after severe Oxford pressure, Bolton broke forward in stoppage time, with Madine sending Josh Vela through on goal to finish smartly from the edge of the area.

 

Peaty Prepares for Golden Rio Games

World-record holder Adam Peaty is amongst the big names competing at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet to continue preparations for Rio. Peaty, who holds the 50m and 100m breaststroke record, will be joined by other UK stars including world championship medallists Jazz Carlin and Siobhan Marie O’Connor, Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch and upcoming swimmers Hannah Miley and Robbie Renwick.

The event is based at the Royal Commonwealth Pool from 8-10 April, with in-demand tickets going on general sale on 1st April. More details can be found at: http://www.sasaeastdistrict.org.uk/swimming/competitions/edinburgh-international

Anderson Quits as GB Bobsleigh Coach

GB Bobsleigh Performance Director Gary Anderson said he was ‘proud of what has been achieved’ after he confirmed he would not be returning to his position following time away for personal reasons.

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) announced the decision as Anderson felt he needed to devote more time to his family and to his health. The BBSA thanked him for leaving the GB Bobsleigh team in a great position to compete for a first senior Olympic medal since 1998.

“I know that this current squad of athletes can deliver an Olympic medal. I now look forward to being Team GB’s number one fan in February 2018,” said Anderson.