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Harman: 2012 legacy 'has not materialised'

The promised Olympic "legacy" of increased participation had failed to materialise and fewer people were now active than before the London 2012 Games Shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman said.

The Olympic opening ceremony in London 2012
The legacy hopes of London 2012 have not materialized according to Labour. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

"We were all proud to host the Olympics and Paralympic Games in London two years ago but instead of seeing increased participation things have got worse, especially amongst young people, as a result of the Government axing school sports partnerships. "Labour wants to help everybody to do more sport and physical activity - from children to the elderly, girls as well as boys, and people from all backgrounds and regions.

Betting firm profits from horseracing are already subject to a levy which raised £82 million for the sport last year and the Premier League has in place a voluntary 5% levy on television revenues for the grassroots game. But Labour is considering extending the betting levy to gambling - including online - on all sports and measures to pressure the country's richest football clubs into properly meeting their promise.

'Happy to be alive' tweets Tom's partner

Tom was travelling with his partner, writer and producer Dustin Lance Black.


Happy to be alive. @virginatlantic have been very helpful. Now we just need to get out of Siberia. Bit scary.


Artists celebrate London 2012 anniversary

Artwork from two critically acclaimed artists, 3D Joe and Max has been unveiled at the East Village - former home to the Olympic Athletes during London 2012. The 3D artwork is to celebrate the two year anniversary of London 2012. Members of the public are invited to interact with the installations which feature a vortex view over iconic East London.


Rio delays criticised by Olympic chiefs


Each postponed decision, each subsequent delay will have a negative impact warns CoCom chair Nawal El Moutawakel. @itvlondon


Each postponed decision, each subsequent delay will have a negative impact warns CoCom chair Nawal El Moutawakel. @itvlondon


The IOC hasn't been critical of a host city's preparations since Athens. @itvlondon

Olympic bosses warn Rio to get its act together


Another carefully-worded IOC warning to Rio to get its act together.


IOC Coordination Commission talks of important decisions still to be made to avoid further significant delays. @itvlondon

Olympic pool will open to the public at 9am

The London Aquatics Centre Credit: Simon Harris/ ITV London

The London Aquatics Centre which housed the diving and swimming events during the London Olympics will open to the public from 9am.

But people are being advised to book their visit online due to concerns that there maybe significant queues to get into the venue.

Read: Olympic pool bosses warn 'book online to avoid queues'

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