Olympic Greetings From London

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 8:32 am (UTC-4)
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University of East London campus “drums” provide housing for Sonny during the 2012 Olympics.

Hello from London! I arrived in the British capital with umbrella in hand after reading reports of record rainfall in the 2012 Olympic host city.  But so far, sports fans, the weather has been on the sunny side. I’m staying in an area of east London known as Docklands, located on the northern end of the Thames peninsula called the Isle of Dogs. While I haven’t heard dogs barking at the University of East London campus, I have heard and seen planes taking off and landing at London City Airport across the Thames.

Time Out, the official publisher of travel and tourism guides for the London 2012 Olympics, describes Docklands as “for many years a chunk of barely populated tower blocks awaiting economic revival.” Olympic organizers are hoping the Games will provide an economic boost to the east London area, where the Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium are located.

Sebastian Coe

Security is tight. I can’t enter the University of East London grounds without first getting my official credential scanned by a security guard. There are also various security checkpoints in and around the Olympic Park.

Two-time Olympic champion Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, has said these will not be an “under siege” Games, but a celebration of the world’s greatest sporting event.

On that note, let the Games begin!

 

 

Sonny Young
Since 1999, host Sonny Young has delighted listeners and viewers with a lively presentation that combines humor, props, sound effects and correspondent reports from Africa and all over the globe.

3 responses to “Olympic Greetings From London”

  1. barry maughan says:

    Hey Sonnyman:

    Glad to hear you are safely ensconsed in the British capital awaiting today’s opening of the Olympics. Lots of hard work ahead of you but I know you’ll give your millions of listeners a focussed expert rendition of all the gold, silver and bronze medals Africa will scoop up! Go Africa!!!!! And I know athletes from the length and breadth of our great continent will indeed do us proud. We know you’ll be there providing the eyes and ears for each and every exciting victory. Go well and remember what I tell you just prior to such monumental sporting events: it’s not a 100 meter dash so pace yourself for the long haul.
    Yours in sports, Barry aka Da Ole Schports Emperor

  2. Sonny Young says:

    ‘Da Ole Sports Emperor! Always nice to hear from you, Barry.

    Sporty regards,

    Sonny

  3. yemi says:

    Don’t forget to take pictures 🙂

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