- Title: SWITZERLAND - OLYMPICS: British leaders promote the London Olympics in Davos
- Date: 27th January 2012
- Summary: JOHNSON AND COE UNVEIL ICE SCULPTURE PROMOTING LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS VARIOUS OF ICE SCULPTURE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LORD SEBASTIAN COE, CHAIR OF THE LONDON 2012 ORGANISING COMMITTEE (LOCOG) SAYING: "We are in very good shape but I say that without a vestige of complacency. We have a mountain of work still to do. We will need every minute of the next six months to deliver a great games"
- Embargoed: 11th February 2012 12:00
- Location: Switzerland
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA65Y3F6YQ5NE4OILG5SMMAOV2M
- Story Text: London's Mayor Boris Johnson and 2012 Olympics organising head Lord Sebastian Coe unveiled an ice sculpture on Thursday (January 26) near the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos to mark the sixth months left until the start of the Games.
The ice sculpture, which features Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Ben Big and Canary Wharf, is adorned with the five Olympic rings and was made with water from the River Thames in London.
Coe said preparations for the Olympics were going well.
"We are in very good shape but I say that without a vestige of complacency. We have a mountain of work still to do. We will need every minute of the next six months to deliver a great games," he said.
Johnson and Coe also joined British Prime Minister David Cameron on stage in Davos to promote the Olympics.
The mayor told the audience: "We have taken several cubic metres of London water - Thames water - the champagne of water. We have frozen this water and we have exported ice to Switzerland, ladies and gentlemen, we have brought ice to Davos and you can go and see it outside the Cafe Schneider where I opened it this morning. It is a beautiful ice sculpture of Tower Bridge adorned with the five Olympic rings. It is the symbol of the gateway to east London and the regeneration of that part of the city that we are going to achieve by holding our games."
Cameron urged delegates at the Forum to visit to London and invest in the Games.
"You have seen some of the venues, you have seen some of the athletes, you have seen the passion, now all that remains is for you to come to London and see it for yourself. We will also be putting on a huge number of investment, inward investment conferences, it gives you the perfect excuse to come to London. Invest in Britain and enjoy the games at the same time and I look forward to giving you the warmest possible welcome when you do come," said Cameron.
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