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LOCOG Chair Coe Says Compulsory Sport In Schools Will Help U.K. Athletics Stay Strong
Published August 8, 2012
COLLEGE YEARS: In London, Chris Cook reported that "universities are the background to much great British sporting history," from Roger Bannister's four-minute mile at Oxford's Iffley Road track to Sebastian Coe's Olympic Gold Medals, won after years of training at Loughborough. Head of Sports at Loughborough Chris Earle said that "university facilities are so good in so many places, ordinary student life may be the best way for many potentially elite athletes to train, rather than through a club." He said, "Eighteen to 22 is a critical time. They're learning if they've got what it takes to be the best. But they're also getting an education. If they become injured, or when they retire, they have an education to fall back on" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 8/7).
TIME TO CELEBRATE: In London, Matthew Taylor noted Team GB officials have confirmed that “hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to line the streets of London for an Olympics victory parade in September.” All of Team GB “will be invited to take part in the event that will wind its way through the centre of the city” on Sept. 10. Organizers said that the parade will “give fans and competitors the chance to celebrate together.” The parade is “expected to pass through the City of London and on to Trafalgar Square before arriving at the Queen Victoria monument in front of Buckingham Palace where the athletes will congregate for the finale” (GUARDIAN, 8/7).