Πέμπτη, 19 Ιουλίου 2012

British weather posing Olympics challenge, admits Coe By the CNN Wire Staff July 18, 2012 -- Updated 0700 GMT (1500 HKT)

The UK has spent seven years preparing for the Olympics, with billions spent on new stadiums, transport upgrades and security measures, but organizers are powerless to prevent the weather disrupting the festivities.

The Olympic torch has been on a tour of the UK since May 19 and while there have been many days filled with sunshine, others, like this one near Mansfield, have proved a threat to the flame itself.

Many regions were officially in drought conditions during the spring, but the summer has seen flash floods up and down the country as the jet stream continues to direct stormy weather across the UK -- and meteorologists predict this will continue.

Thousands of people flocked into London to see the flotilla, withstanding driving rain for most of the procession.

As is usually the case, rain forced Wimbledon organizers to tinker with the tournament schedule as play was interrupted numerous times on all but Centre Court, which has a retractable roof.

Cricket, a quintessentially British summer sport, is also at the mercy of the weather. England's series with the West Indies and Australia were both affected.

Formula One's British Grand Prix eventually began under clear skies but heavy rain prior to the race forced organizers to ask those with cars not to attend Saturday's qualifying session after camping areas and car parks became waterlogged.


London has spent seven years planning to hold the Games and a spokesman from the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) told CNN last week that every eventuality had been accounted for.

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