Talking to insidethegames.biz, Oliver says, “Having London 2012 coming up is a huge bonus for our sport.
“I know there’s been a lot of controversy about holding the equestrian events in Greenwich Park, but I think it’s going to be fantastic for local people. They will be able to step outside their front door and watch a really great event. It’s a big opportunity for us to explain what we do to a new audience. I can’t think of a more exciting sport to be watching on a nice sunny day, whether you are interested in horses or not.
I am really looking forward to London 2012.”
Both the equestrian and the modern pentathlon events will be held at Greenwich Park in London 2012, following a decision made in March by Greenwich Council’s Planning Board. The planning permission was granted to London 2012 along with 42 separate conditions, all of which must be met.
- to protect the park
- to ensure as much of the park stays open for as long as possible
- to leave a legacy for future generations
- to showcase Greenwich to the world
- to listen to local people about potential 2012 issues
Read the full interview with Oliver Townend here.