London 2012 Olympics 200 days to go: David Cameron says legacy ‘on track’

A special Cabinet meeting will be held at the Olympic Park today to mark the 200-day countdown to the opening ceremony.

Prime Minister David Cameron will gather senior government ministers in Stratford, east London, for a meeting focused on the 2012 Games.

Afterwards ministers will visit sports facilities, businesses, schools and organisations across the UK in a co-ordinated push to promote the Games’ value.

Mr Cameron said Britain is “on track” to deliver a lasting Olympics legacy.

“As we kick off 2012, the year of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee, this is the perfect time for the Cabinet to come together and ensure we are doing absolutely everything we can to make the most of this unique opportunity to showcase all the great things the UK has to offer to the rest of the world,” Mr Cameron said.

“As ministers visit Olympic venues, businesses, schools and organisations associated with 2012 right across the UK, I want the message to go out loud and clear, from tourism to business, sport to investment, we are determined to maximise the benefits of 2012 for the whole country.

“As we mark 200 days to go, and six out of the eight Olympic venues having already secured their future, we are well on track to delivering a lasting legacy for the whole of Britain.”

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Newly-agreed contracts for the long-term running of three more of the eight permanent venues will create 254 jobs for local people paid at London living wage rate, Mr Cameron announced.

The PM welcomed the confirmation of future ownership deals for the swimming and handball venues as well as the ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower.

Details of the contracts are due to be set out by the Olympic Park Legacy Company on Monday.

And organisers remain confident of securing deals for the remaining two - the main stadium and the media centre - in time for the opening ceremony, they said.