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Emirates Cup postponed due to London Olympics

Emirates Cup KO”d for 2012: Arsenal tournament postponed due to London Olympics

Arsenal will not host their traditional Emirates Cup pre-season tournament next summer because of the London Olympics.

The Games are set to run from July 27 to August 12, leaving little window for the Gunners to host the weekend event ahead of the start of the new Barclays Premier League campaign.

No show: Arsenal won

No show: Arsenal won”t host the Emirates Cup next season

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Although we are disappointed that we cannot stage the Emirates Cup in 2012, we completely understand and accept the situation.

“Over 100,000 people have attended the Emirates Cup each year since we introduced the competition in 2007, and this would have only added to the demands on London”s infrastructure during the Olympics.

“Of course, we would have preferred the Emirates Cup to have been staged in 2012, but we completely respect the situation and like everyone, are fully supportive of, and looking forward to a successful London 2012 Olympic Games.

Looking forward: The Gunners are still keen to host the tournament in 2013

Looking forward: The Gunners are still keen to host the tournament in 2013

“We are already planning ahead to bring three high profile clubs to Emirates Stadium for 2013.”

Arsenal embarked on a first major overseas tour to the Far East last summer, which they could do again in 2012.

“We are looking at a number of options. The calendar is complex, but we hope to be able to confirm our plans soon,” Gazidis said.

London 2012: The 7m-an-hour Olympics

The 7m-an-hour London Olympics: Huge security bill for opening and closing ceremonies

It will cost 6,750,000 per hour to stage the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The astonishing figure emerged as a spending watchdog warned that the security bill for next year’s extravaganza has smashed through the 1billion barrier.

The total cost of starting and finishing the sports jamboree will be 81million, including 41million of taxpayers’ money.

Ouch! The Olympic opening and closing ceremonies are set to cost 7m-an-hour... and security costs will exceed 1billion

Ouch! The Olympic opening and closing ceremonies are set to cost 7m-an-hour… and security costs will exceed 1billion

Each of the four ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London, will last approximately three hours, meaning they will cost 112,500 per minute.

The National Audit Office warned that ministers are in danger of overshooting the 9.3billion budget for next year’s games.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has agreed to pay 41million towards the opening and closing ceremonies – a bill that was supposed to be entirely footed by Locog, the Games’s privately-funded organising committee.

The 41million of public money will double the budget for the opening and closing ceremonies to more than 80million.

Although Locog has never revealed it initial budget, it was understood to be about 40million.

Clock is ticking: The London Olympics get underway on July 27 next year

Clock is ticking: The London Olympics get underway on July 27 next year – and the opening and closing ceremonies will now cost public 81m

Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson:

Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson: “We decided to go in at the higher figure for the benefit of the country”

The amount of money needed to ensure the safety of spectators, athletes and officials at the London 2012 games has almost doubled after the number of security guards required was wildly underestimated.

Around 23,700 security staff – including 7,000 off-duty soldiers – will be deployed next summer, compared with the original estimate of 10,000.

The security bill is growing because 271million has been added to the 282million already pledged.

On top of this, 475million has been set aside for policing and wider security, meaning the total cost for keeping athletes, spectators and dignitaries safe during the competitionis now 1.03billion.

According to the Government’s own predictions, it will need to use 318million of the 354million contingency fund that still remains. That will leave only 36million to play with.

COST OF SECURITY AT THE OLYMPIC GAMESThe security plans will cover 100 competition and non-competition venues with 30 control rooms, including the training centres and hotels for visiting teams.
About 2,000 X-ray machines and metal detectors.40 miles of security fencing.
The 23,700 security staff will come from private firms, the military, volunteers and a training scheme

Last night the NAO, the Whitehall spending watchdog, warned that ministers must take ‘rigorous action’ to curb spending and said there was a ‘real risk’ the overall budget of 9.3billion could be exceeded.

In 2005, when London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the total cost was estimatedat 2.37billion. /12/05/article-2070270-0ECAE66300000578-187_235x360.jpg” width=”235″ height=”360″ alt=”Strength in numbers: There will now be 23,700 security officers on duty at the Games next summer” class=”blkBorder” />

Strength in numbers: There will now be 23,700 security officers on duty at the Games next summer

The 1billion plus security bill does not even include the 253million to secure the Olympic venues during theconstruction phase.

The Ministry of Defence is now in negotiations with the Home Office to provide up to 7,000 off-duty soldiers to plug the recruitment shortfall for guards.

The Government has denied it is in response to a specific security threat but simply a further analysis of numbers.

Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson defended the extra spending and said London needed to advertise itself to the world next year.

‘These ceremonies will be aired aroundthe globe and watched by four billion people,’ he said. ‘It is a seminal moment for Britain and we wanted to give it the wow factor and leave a lasting economic legacy.

‘We cannot do “a Beijing” but we want to give this our best shot to encourage people from around the world to come and visit.’

Past measures: Greece stationed anti-aircraft missiles during the 2004 Athens games

Past measures: Anti-aircraft missiles were ready for the 2004 Athens Games

The TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure groupcriticised the decision to put more public money towards the ceremonies. Director Matthew Sinclair said: ‘Taxpayers might enjoy watching the opening party for the Olympics but they won’t want to wake up to the hangover of another 40million on the bill.’

Last night, Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said the contingency fund was avery small amount for such a large project.

‘What is left in the budget for contingency is wafer thin, at only 36million,’ she said. ‘For a projectof this size with unknown risks and eight months remaining, that is a tiny amount of money.

‘Locog is likely to use all of its contingency funding and would also have to call on further Government support if there are further cost increases.’

David Beckham has no interest in being a manager

I don”t want to be the boss! Beckham has no interest in being the next Fergie

David Beckham has ruled out a future in management when he finally hangs up his boots.

The 36-year-old former England star is weighing a number of contract offers to continue playing as his five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy comes to a close, and while Beckham insists his hunger to play is as strong as ever, he has no ambitions to move into management once he does call it a day.

All smiles: Becks

All smiles: Becks” time at LA Galaxy has come to an end but he hasn”t revealed next move

Beckham spoke to the Melbourne”s Herald Sun newspaper during the Galaxy”s post-season tour of Australia, and revealed he had not enjoyed working as an assistant England boss Fabio Capello at the last World Cup.

“I didn”t like it at all,” he said. “I don”t know how managers and coaches do it. I love working with kids and coaching kids, but being a manager is one of those things that has never interested me. I enjoyed being part of that whole experience, but being on the sidelines was difficult.”

Beckham revealed he has received several offers to continue playing, not only from Paris St Germain but from other clubs, adding that he will not be rushed on a decision.

“I have got a big decision to make now,” he said. “I said I wanted to wait until the end of the season and it is the end of the season now, so I need to take some down time and decide what I need to do next.

“I”d have to decide in the next few weeks, maybe before Christmas, maybe just after. But I”m going to take my time. It”s a big decision.

David Beckham

Becks and call: Beckham has no interest in being a manager

“I”ve had other offers (besides PSG), which is nice, especially when you”re 36, some people would say towards the end of my career. I”ve got options and offers but I”m still a Galaxy player right now and that might not change.”

One part of Beckham”s decision is the desire to be fit to play for Great Britain at next summer”s Olympics.

“I hope to be part of the Great Britain team,” he said. “Everyone knows how passionate I am about playing for my country and to represent my country in an Olympics would be pretty incredible, especially as the Olympics is in a part of London where I grew up as a kid.”

Beckham could opt to remain with the Galaxy who have offered a new deal, but if he does leave Beckham said he will look back on his time in America as a huge success.

“(It”s been) amazing,” he added. “It”s been such a great experience on and off the field. Off the field I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to be part of a league that was growing, I wanted to see the interest grow and we”ve seen that in the last five years. I wanted to be successful on the field, whether it”s my last year or not, and we won the championship, which was nice.

“I knew that this league and this sport could grow in this country, but I didn”t expect it to grow as it has in the last few years. I”ve seen the interest levels go up. Now the MLS is talked about around the whole world, which it wasn”t before, so it”s been nice to see the growth.”

Indian government want London to reconsider Dow Chemical

Indian government want London to reconsider Dow Chemical sponsorship

The Indian government is concerned about the London 2012 Olympics sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical.

So much so that the government have asked their Olympic association to raise the issue and put pressure on London to reconsider involvement of a company linked to the Bhopal gas disaster.

Many victims and activists hold Dow responsible for failing to give enough compensation to victims of a 1984 gas leak which killed thousands and injured hundreds of thousands more in the central Indian city of Bhopal.

Making their point: Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy,burn effigies of Lord Coe

Making their point: Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy,burn effigies of Lord Coe

“We have written a letter to the IOA (Indian Olympic Association), asking them to take up the matter with the organisers of the London Olympics,” a spokesman for the sports ministry said.

The pesticide plant was owned by Union Carbide, which settled its liabilities with the Indian government in 1989 by paying $470 million for Bhopal victims.

Dow bought Union Carbide a decade after the company had settled with the Indian government and now finds itself in the firing line for its sponsorship of a temporary decorative wrap over London”s Olympic Stadium.

Appeal: Activists wear horror masks during a demonstration

Appeal: Activists wear horror masks during a demonstration

The sponsorship has caused anger across India, but nowhere more so than the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is urging the Indian government to boycott the sporting extravaganza. Bhopal is the provincial capital.

Chauhan says that instead of sponsoring the Games, the company should spend that money on Bhopal survivors.

The Indian government last year demanded more than $1 billion additional compensation for the victims of the gas leak.