Lord Coe, the London Olympic 2012 Chairman, has been busy following the arrival
in London of the 13-strong International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission.
The Commission included Olympic delegates from a number of countries who were
tasked with assessing London's proposal at ground level.

The four day inspection
began on Wednesday 16th February and included tours of the sites in the east
of the city where it is proposed to construct the
Olympic village. The visit culminated on Saturday 19th February when the
delegates met Tony Blair and other political leaders at Downing Street, before
dining
with the Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace that evening.

The Evaluation
Commission will publish its verdict in May but this will not bind the IOC.
The report does hold substantial weight, however, given that
no other IOC members may visit the contending cities in the interests of
impartiality. London is competing with New York, Madrid, Moscow and, current
favourite, Paris.
Each city will have a chance to make a final presentation before the final
vote in Singapore later this year.

London's bid would focus on a 500 acre
of re-generated land in the Lea Valley area of the east of London. The city
has already hosted the Olympics twice
in 1908 and 1948.

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