Thousands of athletes will participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in London despite the problem concerning the lack of security staff 11 days before the formal opening ceremony.
The “Games Lane” and the Olympic drug testing have also started. The Heathrow Airport is expected to process up to 120,000 passengers wherein it is seen to welcome 10,000 passengers larger compared to a usual year.
According to a report, Immigration Minister Damian Green reportedly stated that their Border Force will be enforced for the “Olympic mode”, thus immigration desks in Heathrow enforce full control of the arrival of tourists.
Moreover, hundreds of volunteers will assist the athletes at the Olympic Village in Stratford, east of London. The athletes’ village will host up to 16,000 participants from all over the world.
The motorway called Games Lanes have also been opened.
Motorists might only be allowed to pass through it at night; of course, to the dismay of Londoners.
Meanwhile, the biggest “anti-doping operation” in the entire history of Olympics has also started. Drug testers will give the first batch of 6,000 samples for testing in the London 2012 laboratory. Half of the athletes will undergo a few drug tests including medalists and Paralympics.
On the other hand, Games G4S chief executive Nick Buckles gained a lot of criticisms due to unsuccessfully recruiting ample amount of security guards for the Olympics. It was reported last week that up to 3,500 people will be employed by the private security firm to fill up the shortage of the security force needed for the games.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe apparently stated that the security for the Olympics will not be compromised even though the G4S failed to recruit additional security staff. The G4S said earlier that they will lose £50 million worth of contracts or £280 million in total due to failure of hiring 10,000 staff.