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Olympic Park to become Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park After Games

It was announced today that the Olympic Park will be renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the London 2012 Olympic Games have finished. This decision came through the cooperation of Her Majesty The Queen, the International Olympic Committee, the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC).

The BOA and OPLC bodies have been working together to ensure that all of the Olympic venues will remain with purpose after the games have come to a close. BOA and OPLC have committed to significant benefits for UK sport in the long term, for example:

• make certain sport (both high performance and recreational) remains an integral part of the masterplan for the Park following the 2012 Olympic Games;

• use its best efforts to attract Olympic and/or Paralympic sport organisations to base all or part of their organisational headquarters and high performance centres in the Park following the 2012 Olympic Games;

• working in partnership with sport organisations and Olympic and Paralympic governing bodies, use best endeavours to attract and secure International and National Championships and competitions to be staged in the Park following the 2012 Olympic Games.

Combining two powerful associations, with one of the most exciting developments in London’s history, will mark the reopening of the Park in legacy as a new home for sport, culture, employment and residential.

The new name, which will come into effect when the Park reopens in early 2013, follows the permission from Her Majesty the Queen, the British Olympic Association and the International Olympic Committee.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said:

“I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than celebrating this significant anniversary and this historic moment for London by naming the site after Her Majesty. This will be the first time that an Olympic Park site or Games will have both an Olympic and a royal long-term association, and brings with it fantastic benefits for local people, for East London and for the capital as a whole.”

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