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UK to Stage “World-Class” Sporting Event Every 2 Weeks Until London 2012 Olympics

Britain plans to host a “world-class” sporting event at least once every two weeks from now until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad.

UK Sport says that 20 towns will stage at least one of the events over the 1,000 days left before the opening ceremony.

The $52.9 million program covers 30 Olympic and Paralympic sports.

The first of the 64 events starts Friday with the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester.

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Today, October 31, marks 1,000 days until London gets its Games rolling from 27 July to 12 August 2012.  London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

London was elected as the host city on July 6, 2005, during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris, after 4 rounds of voting.  The successful bid was headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe.