Coe dismisses concerns over security of London
Updated: 2011-12-13 15:39
BEIJING - Sebastian Coe, the president of the organizing committee of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said on Saturday that the Games will be safe and smooth though many security concerns were aroused recently.
Complex security issues for the Olympics have been altered after the London riots in August, which shocked Britain and damaged London's image abroad, but Coe expressed no worries about that.
"Security in big global city is of course always a challenge. It is something you have to get right. You want people coming to city feeling they are coming for celebration, not a security event, so get the balance is important," said Coe, who was in Beijing to attend the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) General Assembly.
Coe said the riots didn't impact the Games' preparation.
"We had test events going on at that time, and most of them were unaffected, police controlled the situation very quickly," said Coe.
"We also had chef de mission meetings, with 205 Olympic committees to ensure those meetings running unaffected. So in a way, it was a good testing force a year before the Olympics."
Six years down, eight months to go 2011-12-13 07:41
Coe predicts paralympics tickets sellout 2011-09-12 07:59
Coe seeks to boost London's image after riots 2011-08-13 07:53
Coe sends out drugs warning 2011-07-28 08:03
A confident coe 2011-07-27 08:16
- EU criminal suspects to get letter of rights
- Deadly crashes reveal rural growing pains
- Spending by government may boost economy
- Joint patrol sets new model of regional co-op
- China regrets ROK guard's death
- Chinese studying overseas may top 350k in '11
- Harsh word ban for teachers
- Kitchen waste to be trackable
HIV/AIDS, Egypt protest, Thanksgiving, climate change, global economic recovery, home prices, high-speed railways, school bus safety, Libya situation, Weekly photos
Act of rememberance
86 hepatitis C cases in two towns
Ban sees his visit 'sign of improved security'
Map shows grenade and gun attack in the Belgian
Lampard penalty ends Man City's unbeaten run
Bolt ready to prove 2012 naysayers wrong