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A United Nations of sport

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A United Nations of sport

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LONDON – So many nations of the world are represented here at the London 2012 Olympic Games, one would think there was a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly – except, there are no protests, just lots of smiles and camaraderie.
Yesterday morning, people from all across the world gathered at Westfield Mall, which is just steps outside the Athletes Village and the Media Transport Hub. Among them were many athletes, including Argentina’s NBA star Manu Ginobili; who paused each time he was asked to take pictures or sign autographs.
Hours before the Opening Ceremony, Stratford International Station was busier than usual, and special security and travel measures were put in place in the environs of the Olympic Park to handle the thousands expected.
The stadium alone can hold 80 000 and officials at the Southeastern lines, which operate the high-speed javelin trains, have estimated they will carry roughly 25 000 per hour at peak time. The high speed trains take seven minutes, while it is a 35-minute drive by bus.
Dignitaries and those taking part in the Opening Ceremony were among the early arrivals.
Thousands of barricades also appeared overnight to ensure an orderly procession, as long lines gathered, awaiting security checks.
Barbadian swimmer Bradley Ally also passed by, spending some time with his parents Raymond and Marlyn, before his competition gets under way at 5 a.m. Barbados time today. (SAT)