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"Hard work" needed for 2012 stadium

The three priorities for people building for the London 2012 Olympic Games must be to “work hard, work hard, work hard” said International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge as he visited the Olympic Park.

He said he believed the budget for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) which is in charge of build and infrastructure is “lean” but “sound”, adding that he was not worried about austerity measures, including the £27 million in cuts demanded by Britain’s new Government. Work on the showpiece stadium was “so far advanced” he said, which impressed him.

“First priority is to work hard. The second priority is to work hard and the third priority is work hard,” Mr Rogge said as he helped to screw in the 2012th seat inside the Olympic Stadium.

“This is the last straight and everyone knows that the last straight is often the hardest one.”

Mr Rogge was in London as the IOC’s co-ordination commission of inspectors began a regular three-day check-up of preparations for the London 2012 Games.

His tour of the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, where more than 65% is already Games-ready, also included a look at the athletes’ village.

Mr Rogge was last at the Olympic Stadium two years ago to mark the anniversary of the 1948 Games, the last time London hosted the event.

He said: “I think the budget of the ODA, including the cuts requested by the Government of £27 million, is a sound budget. Already the ODA have cut costs of £600 million. They have a lean budget and the same for Locog.

“We are at a point where every pound has to be very well spent.”

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