The Cabinet Committee met today to discuss the Olympic Games. This morning’s meeting, for Olympic officials, was chaired by Jonathan Stephens.
The Committee reviewed the Opening Ceremony last night, discussing the management of crowds, security and transport. Plans were carried out very well, with exit from the Stadium and the Olympic Park going smoothly. The Committee recognised that there has been a very positive reaction to the Ceremony from the public and from the media.
The Committee also looked at today’s events, and discussed the plans in place at the Olympic Park and the other Olympic venues in use today, again with a focus on crowd management, transport and security.
- Over 20% of the UK welcomed the Torch, approximately 14.6 million people
- 25,442 Games Family members have now arrived in the UK (including 7,438 athletes)
- The Opening Ceremony is reported to have been watched by approximately one billion people worldwide, with an estimate of around 26million viewers in the UK
Ministers and senior officials are meeting in the run up to and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Committee has been established to ensure strategic coordination across the Olympic project.
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