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Olympic village still empty

It was part of the Olympic legacy to provide new affordable housing for east London. But no-one has moved into the flats that housed the London 2012 athletes, because of delays. So families have been left with nowhere to live and no explanation. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

Triathlon Homes has issued a statement saying it eagerly awaits the handover of homes from the ODA which it expects any day now. And the first residents could move in within a couple of days.

Capital's Olympic legacy continues

The Government has announced that a four year goal of raising £11 billion pounds in economic benefit as part of the Olympic legacy has been met in just twelve months.

New foreign investment and firms winning contracts since last summer's events, has meant business is booming in the capital.

The total also includes £130 million of contracts won by UK companies for next year's soccer World Cup in Brazil, and the next Olympic Games, in Rio in 2016.


Olympic boxer's pro debut at the O2 Arena

Boxer Anthony Joshua was one of London's true stars of the Olympics. The Watford-born heavyweight started the Games a novice on the international scene- and finished as a gold medallist.

Now he's going professional, and this weekend he'll make his debut at the O2 Arena. He told Rags Martel that he hopes his Olympic journey has prepared him for this next step in his career. This report contains flashing images.

Velodrome to host 2016 championships

London Velodrome in Stratford Credit: LOCOG

The Olympic velodrome in Stratford has been selected to host the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships. The decision to return to the venue where Britain won nine Olympic medals was confirmed yesterday evening.

The five-day competition is the final qualifying stage for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

What happened to prices for the rest of the world?

Key findings from the report (covering period from Jan-June 2013):

  • Global hotel prices rose by 2%, approaching levels not seen since before the financial crisis hit in 2006.
  • Growth in Europe, the Pacific and the Middle East was sluggish, registering a rise of 1%, which lagged behind the global average.
  • Rises seen in Latin America, North America and the Caribbean exceeded the global average.
  • Prices in Asia fell by 2% due to depreciating in value of the Yen/Rupee and a fall in inbound visitors to China.
  • Prices in Rio de Janeiro fell by 1%, but remains third most expensive destination in the report.


David Weir and Sophie Christiansen to join Boris Johnson at Olympic Park

David Weir picks up gold at the Paralympics Credit: PA Wire

Gold medallists David Weir and Sophie Christiansen are joining Boris Johnson for a festival of sport and culture to celebrate National Paralympic Day.

London's Liberty Festival, a free event, is being held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

It will bring together top athletes, artists and performers.

Amongst the highlights will be 'The Limbless Knight', an aerial performance from award-winning theatre company Graeae.

There will be the chance to see Paralympic athletes in action.

The event will take part in the north of the park and inside the Copper Box Arena.

Sophie Christiansen won four gold medals at the Paralympics Credit: PA Wire
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