Press Release

Northern Ireland Fails to Secure 2012 Olympic Events

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2011

Reference: CAL 06/10/11

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure had confirmation today that delays in planning and funding of venues means Northern Ireland will not host any 2012 Olympic events.

Olympic Gold medallist Jonathan Edwards CBE, along with Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure officials, attended the Committee meeting and confirmed that set-backs with building of the Olympic sized pool in Bangor and three sports stadia meant that there was a lack of suitable venues.

Committee Chairperson, Barry McElduff MLA said: “It is extremely disappointing that we will not host any Olympic events. When London was confirmed as host, we were excited and hopeful that we could reap benefits for tourism, sport and the local economy.

“This is a major blow to this region. We have lost a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase this region to the world stage. It is also a lost opportunity to inspire and encourage our young people to participate in sport and pursue excellence.

“We are still hopeful that countries will choose to come here to train and prepare for the Olympics, something that would be widely welcomed.”

Notes to Editors:

Jonathan Edwards CBE is the current Deputy Chair of Nations & Regions Group of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games.

Committee Membership:

The Chairperson of the Committee is Mr. Barry McElduff MLA. 
The Deputy Chairperson is Mr. Declan O’Loan MLA

The Committee has a further nine members:

Mr Thomas Burns MLA 
The Lord Browne MLA 
Mr David Hilditch MLA 
Mr William Humphrey MLA 
Mr Billy Leonard MLA 
Mr Kieran McCarthy MLA 
Mr David McClarty MLA 
Mr Pat Sheehan MLA 
Mr Ken Robinson MLA

The Clerk to the Committee is Lucia Wilson

Committee Office 
Northern Ireland Assembly 
Room 344 Parliament Buildings 
Stormont Estate, Ballymiscaw
Belfast BT4 3XX
Telephone: 028 90 521620 
Fax: 028 90 521355 
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