COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will utilize the University of East London (UEL) as its base of athlete performance services and logistical operations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in an agreement announced today by both organizations.
Team USA will use both the Docklands and Stratford campuses at the university for training and support for its Olympic and Paralympic Teams. More than 1,000 athletes, coaches, scientists, medical practitioners and support staff will utilize UEL's state-of-the-art facilities in the unique partnership for the Games.
USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun said "This is a great opportunity for our athletes and staff to use the excellent facilities at UEL and to enter into this partnership for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are looking forward to the next few years of this relationship with such an outstanding university."
"It is a privilege for us that the USOC has selected our university for its 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site," said Dr. Paul Ford, director of Olympic and Paralympic partnership operations at UEL. "This exciting partnership can be attributed to the hard work many UEL staff members have put in since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing."
Team USA will be utilizing UEL facilities such as the halls of residence, as well as setting up onsite sports science, medicine and press/media centers as their sport performance and operational base. The USOC will also use the stunning new $24 million sports and academic center at the Docklands campus. Provisionally named the Sports Dock, this facility is due to open in late 2011.
"The facilities at UEL will ensure that our athletes are ready to compete," said Mike English, chief of sport performance for the USOC. "UEL's leadership is to be commended for their vision in developing these excellent facilities, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to use them.
David Cosford, director of sport at UEL said "We are delighted to take this fantastic step forward, which further shows how committed we are towards the 2012 Games. We are proud of our state-of-the-art facilities at both campuses as they highlight the recent investments we have made. This agreement goes to prove just how exceptional they are."