One year to go!

There’s just one year to go to the greatest show on earth – and Ireland will be represented at London Olympic Games in 2012 with a team of 50 or more, depending on qualification in the coming months.

 

So, support Team Ireland as it goes for gold!

 

In the meantime, the London 2012 organisers have created an interactive Twitter stadium and world map. Visit www.london2012.com/1yeartogo where you can see what athletes are saying about London 2012 and see which teams that Twitter fans around the world are supporting.

 

Use the #1yeartogo hashtag and tweet your support for the Irish team in the click of a button. Go Ireland Go!

 

You can also upload videos and photos and have them appear on a world map alongside the many messages received from the world’s athletes.
 
Specifically for twitter, Irish team fans can post a tweet about what ‘one year to go’ means to them or what they’re looking forward to about the 2012 Games. The tweet should contain the #1yeartogo hashtag and the short URL http://l2012.cm/qB4bRm. The url links to London’s twitter stadium and it will display the tweets celebrating ‘one year to go’ from around the world.
 

Featured on the london link www.london2012.com/1yeartogo are athletes from around the world; Annalise Murphy's provides Ireland's message to London 2012 " London calling"- Annalise won bronze in the recent Laser Radial sailing event at the 2012 Weymouth International sailing Regatta and hope to be a mjor part of the Irish Team next year.

 

Joining the crowds that morning were Liu Qi, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), secretary of Beijing Municipal CPC Committee and BOCOG President; Chen Zhili, State Councilor and BOCOG First Vice-President; Jacques Rogge, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Wang Qishan, Beijing Mayor and BOCOG Executive President; and Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The VIPs also unveiled a monument for the occasion.

"In one year's time, the 2008 Olympic Games will be held at the National Stadium nearby," said Liu Qi. "It is our common hope to stage a high-level Olympics with distinguishing features, and promote the Olympic Spirit, as well as world peace and development."

Liu said the Olympic friendship forest campaign strikes a chord with the hopes of the people around the world for peace, friendship, and progress, and will be in harmony with the theme slogan "One World One Dream."

Liu pointed out that "Green Olympics" is one of the three concepts of the Olympic Games, the other two being "People's Olympics" and "High-tech Olympics." The forest will witness to the longstanding friendship between the Chinese people and the rest of the world.

Rogge pointed out that the campaign to plant the Olympic friendship forest reflects friendship and respect to the environment. BOCOG has made a lot of efforts, such as tree planting, forestation, reduction of pollutants, to achieve a key objective -- a "Green Olympics." The 2008 Olympic Games facilitates the sustainable development of the environment.

The IOC President expressed that the Beijing Games will leave a green legacy to future generations.

Liu Jingmin, BOCOG Executive Vice-President and Vice Mayor of Beijing, Wang Wei, BOCOG Executive Vice-President and Secretary-General, and Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director also participated in the activity.

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