Asia’s Olympic chief said London 2012 faced a “big challenge” to match the Beijing Games as competition was due to start on Wednesday. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia, said London had a hard act to follow after Beijing’s no-expense-spared event in 2008. “I am very excited to be in London and to follow up all the preparations now we are a couple of days from the opening ceremony on Friday,” he said.
“I think London faces a big challenge because Beijing was such a great success, and people are watching to see what they will do in their Games. “London is a famous capital city and everyone is happy to be here, but people are looking for the technical things like the opening ceremony, the competitions and the venues,” he said, wishing London success.