Despite protests, 2012 races will start and finish at The Mall.
Citing concerns of “disruption”, organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London have decided to break from tradition and move the start and finish of the Olympic Marathons from the familiar setting of Olympic Stadium to The Mall–a move that has infuriated East End city councillors.
“There is no better way to celebrate and showcase London’s ethnic diversity than to have the world’s best athletes run past the mosques, churches, temples and cultural centres that make up the fabric of East End life,” it read in a letter from the local council leaders to the Games organizing committee.
Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the organizing committee, said the move is in the best interest of everyone involved and necessary in order to prevent disruption during a busy time.
“Our prime objective as the organising committee has to be to deliver venues and events that work for the athletes, spectators, and for the host city – venues that provide the best possible way of keeping the city moving, minimising disruption for everyone and, critically, getting the athletes and spectators to the venues on time,” Coe said.
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