NAIROBI, Kenya, July 26- With one year to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics being marked worldwide on Wednesday, Kenya has been cited as one of the countries with a key role to play in the success of the event.
Speaking in Nairobi on the eve of the countdown to London 2012 on Tuesday, British High Commissioner to Kenya, Rob Macaire also assured his country was prepared to host the largest sporting carnival on earth.
“There is growing and building excitement in the UK as we approach exactly one year to the start of the Olympics tomorrow (Wednesday) since the UK is the only country to host the Games three times,” the envoy articulated.
“I’m delighted to announce a year to go before the Olympics, the Olympics Park is not only on time within budget but all major venues are already complete and by the time of the games they will be thoroughly tested,” he added.
On the country that has won 22 gold, 29 silver and 24 bronze Olympic medals in 12 appearances, the envoy noted
“We recognise Kenyan athletes are preparing to perform in a way we know will be always as impressive and medal winning, the country will have a big role and a big place there.”
Macaire stressed the UK was looking forward to welcoming the world in what he termed will be an amazing Olympics Games in London.
“It’s the largest construction project in Europe and the 2012 Olympics will be the greatest ever for legacy and that is why London won the bid to stage the games in 2005,” he explained.