UK Olympics

Sir Chris Hoy To Carry Team GB Flag

PA | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Sport

Sir Chris Hoy will carry the flag for Team GB at Friday's opening ceremony of London 2012, the British Olympic Association have confirmed. It is th...

Severe Delays On Olympic Tube Line

PA | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK

There were severe delays on Monday on one of the key Tube lines that will take people to the Olympics. The problem, due to a fault with the platfor...

A Bit Less Green and Not Always Quite So Pleasant

Phil Vickery | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Sport
Phil Vickery

When London welcomes the world at the opening ceremony of the Olympics later this week the first thing the world will see is a striking image of the great British Countryside. Green fields, cows, sheep, horses, geese and children dancing round maypoles.

Opening Ceremony London Is Finally Here! (No, Not That One)

Sarah McGiven | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

There's only one Opening Ceremony I care about and it's the taste-making American store which has just landed right here in London.

Why the Olympics Brand Police Might Help British Business

Steve McKevitt | Posted 16.09.2012 | UK
Steve McKevitt

The news that British companies running unauthorised, Olympics-themed promotions face fines of up to 20K is drawing widespread, if somewhat predictable cries of indignation. The object of this ire is the 2006 Olympic Games Act, a piece of legislation designed to protect sponsors who are paying many millions of pounds to be associated with London 2012.

Ramadan, Fasting and London 2012

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Sport
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The London 2012 Olympic Games, which run from 27th July to 12th August, coincide with the Muslim month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. One of the five pillars of Islam is to fast during this holy month. All able-bodied Muslims are expected to fast, unless they have a valid reason not to, for example those that are travelling, sick or facing heath risks.

Stuart Pearce is Going to Blow Team GB's Moment of History

Richard Berry | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Sport
Richard Berry

And if it is Team GB's fate to depart early from its first Olympic football competition for several decades, then surely we should have done so being led by Beckham, who did so much to make it all possible, and certainly with representatives from across the UK.

The Break-up of Britain is Underway, and the Olympics Will Do Nothing to Reverse it

Andrew Smith | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Once the post Olympic bunting has come down what will we be left with? A bunch of empty sports venues, a £multi-billion debt and an increasingly disunited kingdom.

Sacking UK Border Agency Staff Who Strike 'Was Discussed' Admits Hunt

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Politics

Ministers have discussed sacking UK Border Agency staff threatening to strike ahead of the Olympics, Jeremy Hunt has admitted. Mr Hunt told Radio 5...

PICTURES: Olympic Torch Arrives In London

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK

The Olympic torch has finally arrived in London, the Games' host city, ahead of Friday's official opening ceremony at the stadium in Stratford. Af...

Flame Arrives In London Ahead Of Games

PA | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

A Royal Marine Commando today abseiled with the Olympic flame into the Tower of London. Royal Marine Martyn Williams arrived at Tower Wharf in a Ro...

Scottish Police To Take Over From G4S

PA | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK

A Scottish police force is taking over responsibility for Olympic security from G4S amid the continuing debacle over staff shortages. The chief con...

A Gold Medal in Relaxation

Tony Wrighton | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Sport
Tony Wrighton

This is going to sound weird, but for many of our Olympic athletes, the best thing they can do right now is forget about it all for a while and have a good laugh with friends. Hang out, go to the movies, go sightseeing in London... anything to take their mind off the fact they've spent their entire lives preparing for this moment.

Cheap and Chic Places to Stay in London for the Olympics 2012

Erica Crompton | Posted 19.09.2012 | Home
Erica Crompton

Here's a quick guide to three great places to stay in central London during the Olympics...

Drug Cheats at the Olympics: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide

David Fearnhead | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Sport
David Fearnhead

Years of training have honed athletes' bodies into the perfect machine. They've sacrificed everything to get there. Everything for that one day when four years work would come to fruition. I'd seen broken men and women sat there. Though, from that one day something else sticks in my memory. A darker side to the Olympic games.

Let's Peel the 'Plastic' Label off Team GB's Foreign-born Athletes

Josh Cowls | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Sport
Josh Cowls

Make no mistake: the failure of G4S to provide the requisite security staff is a true debacle, and lampooning a pitiful British summer has always been fair game. But one of the less helpful stories to have emerged in recent weeks is the discussion of so-called 'Plastic Brits': members of the British Olympic team who were born overseas.

Olympic Panic After Man Arrested

PA | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after attempting to grab the Olympic Torch. The teenager treed to snatch the Olympic flame from a woman torchbe...

Bullfrog Blues

Shaun McCarthy | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK
Shaun McCarthy

Today WWF and BioRegional have published their report on the progress of the London 2012 Games in meeting its sustainability objectives. It has taken a huge collective effort to put these Games on track to be the most sustainable to date - from the organisers, to campaign groups like these, and to an assurance body like ours which is tasked with being the bastion of impartiality and good evidence.

Soldiers Will Make Olympics 'Secure', Says Top Cop

Press Association | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

Securing the Olympic venues with the help of 11,000 fully trained soldiers is no bad thing, Britain's most senior police officer said. Scotland Yar...

WARNING: Nike Trainers 'Banned' From Olympics

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

Lord Coe has admitted fans will be banned from wearing Pepsi T-shirts at the Olympic park - and could even be turned away for sporting Nike trainers. ...

Boris Johnson: Olympic Critics Should 'Put A Sock In It'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has called on those worrying about the Olympics to "put a sock in it", stop complaining and get behind Team GB for the Games. Writing...

Five Ready To Spice Up The Olympics

Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

The Spice Girls are reforming to make a comeback at the London Olympics. According to a new report, the Wannabe hitmakers are "95%" confirmed to ad...

Train Drivers Strike Vote A Demonstration In 'Olympic Sport Of Self-Interest'

Press Association | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK

The government has accused rail workers of 'self-interest' by voting to strike during the Olympics. Train drivers are to stage three days of strike...

How To Think Your Way Out Of Transport Chaos

Nicolas Brusson | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK
Nicolas Brusson

The talk this week has been all about transport, and not without reason. A hoard of Olympic athletes and their entourage flew into Heathrow on Monday morning heading for the London 2012 Athletes' Village; the first Games lane opened, coinciding, inevitably, with an accident on the M4, slowing Heathrow traffic to a standstill.

Nadal Withdraws From London 2012

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK Sport

Tennis star Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the London 2012 Olympics. The Spaniard said in a statement it is one of the saddest moment so of his ca...