Peter Golds: Join our sports clubs

By Jon Massey on August 2, 2012 10:18 AM |

By Peter Golds

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If anybody had doubts as to the enthusiasm for London 2012, then the numbers that have gathered to watch the torch all over the country will have stopped this.

The torch officially arrived by helicopter, landing outside the Tower of London on the Friday before opening.

Huge crowds were present on Saturday when the torch began it's tour of London before the triumphant entry into the Stadium last Friday for the spectacular opening.

This is London's third Olympic games following on from 1908 and 1948.

These games are a world apart from 1908 at White City, when the Olympiad lasted from April to October, involved 2,008 athletes (37 of whom were women) and involved 22 nations.

The Wembley games of 1948 were called the friendly games, and involved 4,014 athletes (390 were women), from 59 countries.

They were staged in the aftermath of the Second World War and neither Germany or Japan were invited to participate.

As we have seen 2012 is very different - but then so is the world as we welcome 10,500 athletes from 204 nations to east London.

I fervently hope that there will be young people from the East End who will enjoy the modern Olympics, join our local sports and athletics clubs and do their part to increase sporting activity.

■ Peter Golds is Conservative councillor for Blackwall and Cubitt Town.

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