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Desmond Tutu visits 2012 Olympics site to back London Games

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:34 05 October 2010

ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu has toured the 2012 Olympics site in East London and pledged support for its diversity and inclusion.’ He met workers as well as schoolchildren from the five neighbouring host’ boroughs

ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu has toured the 2012 Olympics site in East London and pledged support for its diversity and inclusion.’

He was given a tour of the huge construction complex yesterday (Thurs) by the Olympics authority where he met workers as well as schoolchildren from the five neighbouring host’ boroughs.

The Archbishop, who was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1984 for his unifying role leading the campaign to end apartheid in South Africa, is in London to support the 2012 Diversity and Inclusion speaker series.

“It is exciting to see how the Games are a catalyst for change in this part of London,” he said.

“I know as a South African how much sport can help bring different people and nations together.”

Archbishop Tutu later witnessed Organising committee chairman Sebastian Coe signing the pledge committing London to creating “the most diverse and inclusive Games ever.”

Lord Coe said: “Sport has a real role to play in healing and bringing a nation together. Such is the diversity of London that every competing nation in 2012 will feel they have a home’ crowd.”

Archbishop Tutu is no stranger to London, having spent his student days at King’s College and later at the World Council of Churches.


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