London 2012: IOC give Games seal of approval after final inspection

London is ready to welcome the world! IOC give Games seal of approval after final inspection

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12:32 GMT, 30 March 2012

The IOC says London is right where it should be with the opening ceremony of the Olympics less than four months away.

The International Olympic Committee's coordination commission wrapped up its 10th and final inspection visit to London on Friday and was full of praise for the games preparations.

Centre of attention: Oswald claims London is in perfect shape for the Games

Centre of attention: Oswald claims London is in perfect shape for the Games

IOC coordination commission chairman Denis Oswald said: 'London is ready to welcome the world.'

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'We have no doubt this summer will be like no other in the UK.'

Meanwhile, a date has not yet been set for the next round of tickets sales but it will be after the football draw on April 24, London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton said today.

Up to four million tickets are due to go on sale in the coming weeks but a breakdown and exact amount of tickets that will be up for grabs are still being worked out.

Deighton added: 'The reason I cannot tell you exactly is because every day we are finalising how many it will be.

Centre of attention: The Olympic Stadium will play host to a number of events

Centre of attention: The Olympic Stadium will play host to a number of events

'It will be in the region of a million non-football tickets. There will also be approximately 1.5 million football tickets and approximately 1.5 million Paralympic tickets. If you add them all together that is about another 4 million chances to go to the Games.

'As we finalise the very last details of the seating plan there will be more seats that become available.

'The schedule is not finalised because what we want to do is to make sure that it is after the football draw. It helps to know who you are going to watch when you are buying football tickets so we have pushed the sales back to after that on April 24.

'At the moment we are just determining how it fits in the schedule of all the other things that are going on around there.'

There is a crowded schedule of events that is delaying the timing of the ticket sales, which had been expected to be in April.

Deighton said: 'We have got test events, a command post exercise to test our command, control and communications systems. There is also a mayoral election. We just have to make sure that we fit the sale in around that so that it works as efficiently as possible.'

Britain will be hoping to win its first Olympic gold medal in the form of cyclist Mark Cavendish in the road race competition through Surrey.

Details are still being set about whether the public will have to pay for some of the best spots to watch the eagerly-awaited race, particularly at Box Hill.

Deighton said: 'On whether we will charge for the ticketed area that we are putting in place for Box Hill, which will be the best place to watch the road race as they go around nine times and they are putting a lot of facilities so they can do it in a controlled and managed way, we have yet to make a decision on that.'

IOC commission chairman Denis Oswald they were 'totally satisfied' with London's ticketing arrangements and its overall plans to stage the Games.

He added: 'London presented us with a strong vision in Singapore seven years ago and, while many details will need to be finalised between now and 27 July, they are well on track to deliver an outstanding event.'