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London 2012 Rich Mix Open Weekend highlights

BBC London production team
BBC London covered the open day on TV, Radio and Online.

As part of the 2012 Open Weekend, BBC London hosted a special radio programme at their Olympics studio, at the Rich Mix cultural centre on Bethnal Green Road.

The programme featured athletes, organisers and volunteers as well as an hour-long question and answer session with key Olympic figures.

Below you can hear extracts from the programme including responses

to your questions which were put to our Olympic panel, how players hope 'Carrom' will become an Olympic sport and a report on what people now think, with two years to go before the Games in Stratford.

Q & A

Visitors to Rich Mix were given the opportunity to put their questions to an 2012 Olympic panel, in our Question and Answer session.

The panel was made up of Paul Deighton, chief executive of LOCOG, Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham and chair of the five Olympic boroughs, and Munira Mirza, director of arts, culture and creative industries for the Mayor of London.

Sir Robin: "I want to see every local person who wants to go the Olympics, go to the Olympics. I think LOCOG are trying hard to do that, but I would encourage them to try harder."

Munira Mirza: "It's the largest regeneration London has seen. We have to tell Londoners what they're getting from all this investment."

Paul Deighton: "This is the biggest postcard we'll ever get to send the world to show parts of London they haven't seen."

Olympic Issues

Headliners with their "Making news changing lives" slogan put together a radio report on people's views with two years to go before the games in London.

Fiona Wyton, Director of Headliners said: "We're a multi-media, learning through journalism, project for young people aged 8 to 19.

"Young people decide on issues that they want to research as young journalists and they interview people and hopefully get them broadcast.


Playing Carrom
Players say Carrom looks easier to play than it actually is.

BBC London 94.9 presenter, Phil Parry, spotted people playing Carrom.

They were promoting the game which they hope to have included in future Olympic Games.

Naz, one of the players, said: "You have to have good eye to hand coordination, and if you want to be a good player you have to practice for hours and hours."

High Definition

Roger Mosey, the BBC man in charge of covering the Olympics, said: "I think for 2012 it's important everyone feels part of this. It's a great opportunity to attract more people who don't use our services to come to the BBC and get involved in the Olympics."


The theme of the open weekend was "challenge", and BBC London's Phil Parry spoke to Russell Findlay from London Youth games about weightlifting.

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