London is ready despite nerves, admits Mayor

Jul 23, 2012, 08:18 IST | AFP

London Mayor Boris Johnson insisted yesterday that the city was ready to host the 2012 Olympics despite a national outbreak of pre-match nerves before the biggest show on Earth gets under way

Johnson said Britain was feeling the necessary tension before a big performance, as the clock ticks down to Friday’s opening ceremony on the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

Explorer Amelia Hempleman-Adams holds the Olympic torch atop of one of the pods on the London Eye. pic/afp

“So far the traffic system and transport networks generally are holding up well.

Boxers check in: India’s Olympic boxers Jai Bhagwan (left), Vijender Singh and Shiva Thapa (right) on arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport on Saturday

Possibly what we’re going though at the moment as a nation, as a city, is that necessary, pre-curtain-up moment of psychological self-depression before the excitement begins on Friday. It is only natural that people should be tense, that they should be expectant,” Johnson told BBC. — 

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