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London 2012 by the numbers

2012-04-18 14:33

London - Around 10 500 athletes from more than 200 countries will take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games, which open in exactly 100 days.

Here are some of the key numbers:

EVENTS AND PARTICIPANTS:

- 10 500 athletes

- 205 national Olympic committees

- 7 500 team officials

- 3 000 technical officials

- 26 sports, 39 disciplines

- 302 medal events

- 34 Olympic venues

- 8.8 million tickets

- 21 000 journalists and staff

- 70 000 volunteers

- 100 000 contractors

OLYMPIC PARK:

- 2.5 square kilometres of former industrial wasteland in east London, an area roughly the size of the capital's famous Hyde Park.

- 9 major competition venues, including a £486-million stadium with capacity of 80 000, an aquatics centre with room for 17 500 spectators and a 6 000 capacity Velodrome.

- More than 4 000 trees, 74 000 plants, 60 000 bulbs and 350 000 wetlands plants put in as part of Britain's largest ever planting project.

- 4 skeletons removed from a prehistoric settlement discovered on the site.

- 2 000 newts relocated to a nature reserve.

BUDGET:

- £9.3 billion, triple the original estimate.

- A further £6.5 billion to modernise London's creaking public transport network, to manage three million extra daily journeys on top of the 12 million made on any ordinary day in the capital.

SECURITY:

- 13 500 army, air force and navy personnel, 12 000 police, 13 200 private security personnel and 3 000 volunteers

- A budget of £553 million, raised from £282 million in December 2011.

- Warplanes, two navy ships including a helicopter carrier stationed in the River Thames and batteries of surface-to-air missiles on stand-by.

AFP