Sunday, March 11, 2012

London hosting 'greenest' Olympics says envoy

UK Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie.

MALOLOS CITY— It will be the greenest Olympics!

This was how British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie described the 2012 London Olympics that will be held in July to August this year.

Lillies remarks came when asked by this writer in an ambush interview during his recent visit here.

He said that in construction of the Olympic Park in London, the British government demanded the utilization of environment friendly technology.

This include the use of less concrete in the construction of structures and other facilities.

“We were able to reduce amount of energy in constructing the facilities through the utilization of advanced technology that reduce use of concrete,” he said.

Lillie also cited the over-all planning of the London Olympic Park which took into consideration accessibility to public transport.

He said that it was well-planned with the end goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission from private vehicles.

“Olympics is a great opportunity to bring people together around the world and we will show to them the greenest Olympics,” he said.

With regards to threats of terrorism like in the Montreal Olympics, Lillie made assurance that all participants and visitors will be safe.

He said, “terror is a fact of life, but we are fully prepared for it.”

The ambassador added that they have implemented comprehensive security arrangements to ensure a fair and enjoyable games.

With regards to Filipino Olympians, he said that he wish that they  win first Olympic gold medal in London.

Lillie also noted that while the Olympics is more than four months away and no Filipino Olympian won the old medal yet; a Filipino graphic artist won design for the Olympic commemorative coin.

This is in person of Roderick Enriquez who came from Zambaonga, City.