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London 'on track' for 2012 Olympics

By Melissa Gray, CNN
Queen Elizabeth is shown around the site of the London Olympic stadium.
Queen Elizabeth is shown around the site of the London Olympic stadium.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Inspector: "London 2012 is on track to deliver excellent Games"
  • London organizers plan to change venue for badminton, rhythmic gymnastics
  • External structure of Olympic stadium among work completed
  • Inspector: "We really start feeling the Games taking shape"

London, England (CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee gave London Olympic organizers good marks on Thursday for their preparations for the 2012 Games.

Members of the IOC's Coordination Commission were in the city for a regular visit to assess the progress and found no problems, Commission Chairman Denis Oswald said.

"London 2012 is on track to deliver excellent Games," Oswald told a news conference.

One of the big issues Games organizers are currently dealing with is the moving of two sports, badminton and rhythmic gymnastics, to a new venue.

Rather than build a temporary venue for the sports in Greenwich, in southeast London, officials decided last month to move them to an existing venue -- Wembley Arena in north London.

The decision will both save money and mean less waste after the Games, which are fewer than 1,000 days away.

Approval for the move must still come from the sports' governing bodies, but Oswald said he had "no doubt" the issue would soon be resolved to everybody's satisfication.

It is the Coordination Commission's fifth visit to London and the second this year.

Since the group's last visit in April, the external structure of the Olympic Stadium has been completed along with the undulating roof of the Aquatics Center.

The frame of the Main Press Center and International Broadcast Center is in place, along with the basic structure of the first residential plot of the Olympic Village, which will house athletes.

"We realize that a lot of work has been done since we were here last time and this is very positive. We really start feeling the Games taking shape," Oswald said. "We are confident about the delivery of excellent Olympic Games in 2012."