May 19 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Gover, Senior reporter
Sunday, July 22, 2012
London Mayor Boris Johnson wants residents to relax and enjoy the Olympic Games.
With less than a week to go until the Games begin, there are concerns that things might not go off without a hitch.
The G4S security shambles and planned strike action by UK Border Agency staff threatens disruption.
But Mr Johnson hailed the Olympics as a “giant smoozathon” that will put a spotlight on British businesses.
He cited comments by International Olympics Committee Jacques Rogge about the preparedness of London for the Games.
“If you look at what Jacques Rogge had to say last night, he’s been in London for a few days, he thinks that our city is as well prepared as any city in the history of the Games,” Mr Johnson told the BBC.
“So far the traffic system and the transport networks generally are holding up well, touch wood, you can never count your chickens or be complacent about this, but it’s okay at the moment.
“I think possibly what we are going through 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 and there are loads of things we need to get right.”