IOC praises London 2012 Olympic Games


International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge described the London 2012 Games as "happy and glorious".

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 16-day sporting event, Rogee praised the organisers and the volunteers.

"We will never forget the smiles, the kindness and the support of the wonderful volunteers, the much-needed heroes of these Games."

The president added: "You, the spectators and the public, provided the soundtrack for these Games. Your enthusiastic cheers energised its competitors and brought a festive spirit to every Olympic venue."

There was also a special message from the Queen that offered her congratulations to the Team GB squad who enjoyed their most successful Games since 1908. The monarch also showed her appreciation for those behind London 2012.

"I congratulate, too, the organisers of the Games, as well as the thousands of volunteers who have epitomised the Olympic spirit through the warm welcome they have shown to the sporting teams and spectators from all around the world," said the Queen.

For visitors enjoying London getaways who want to maintain the Olympic experience, there is a special mascot stroll that has been organised by the London mayor. A total of six special walking trails have been created across London to allow people to see the city's key landmarks and track down a number of statues of Wenlock and Manderville.

Each trail varies in length from 4.8km to 2.8km and pass through some of London's most famous places including St Paul’s Cathedral, Regent's Park, the West End and Brick Lane. The mascots will remain in place until the end of the Paralympics on September 9th.