UK government meets at Olympic venue to mark 200-day milestone

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  • UK Cabinet holds meeting at Olympic handball venue 200 days before Games start
  • Olympic Delivery Committee will hand over completion work to LOCOG on Tuesday
  • Though the buildings are finished, they must now be filled with equipment and utilities
  • The London 2012 ticket resale website is still down due to technical problems

The British government helped mark 200 days to the start of the London Olympics by holding a Cabinet meeting at the handball arena on Monday.

The politicians' top-level gathering on court in the 7,200-capacity stadium comes the day before the Olympic Delivery Committee hands over the Games venues to the London Organizing Committee (LOCOG).

"All credit to the people who have been involved in providing these venues, getting them done on time and on budget," Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters during a tour of the Aquatics Centre.

"The whole country can benefit from the legacy of the Games because of the inspiration they will bring to people young and old," Cameron added.

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The main building work has been completed, and LOCOG will now take over fitting out the nine arenas.

On their list are a million pieces of sporting equipment including 510 athletics hurdles, 600 basketballs, 356 pairs of boxing gloves and 12 pairs of handball goalposts, plus scoring and timing devices.

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Shopping and sponsors' areas also have to be created, along with 362 toilet blocks, picnic benches, ticket offices and waste bins.

"In just 200 days, 200 countries -- more than the membership of the United Nations -- will be sending 15,000 athletes and 20,000 accredited media to London to create history," LOCOG chief Sebastian Coe said.

"There is huge excitement ahead and we want the whole country to start planning their summer."

But it has not been all smooth progress, with the 2012 event's official ticket resale website still down due to technical problems.

Ticketmaster, the agency running it, has been told to fix issues affecting users since last Friday's launch which have meant tickets are listed on the site as available, but cannot be purchased.