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UEL academics unveil official London 2012 impact report in Stratford

Professor Allan Brimicombe discusses statistical study on BBC TV News 

The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games have received a ringing endorsement from academics at the University of East London (UEL) who were commissioned to analyse and measure the post-Games legacy.

Professor Allan Brimicombe, Head of UEL’s Centre for Geo-Information Studies, and fellow data scientist Dr Yang Li were tasked with studying a range of statistical indictors to compile the official Olympic Games Impact report – an objective assessment of the economic, socio-cultural and environmental impact of the Games on east London and beyond.

Presenting their findings at a prestigious conference University Square Stratford on Saturday, they revealed that the Games had met its key sustainability targets and been responsible for transformational improvements in areas such as public transport, public amenities and the local ecology.

An interview with Professor Brimicombe about the positive impact of the Games was featured as the lead news story in the BBC London News bulletins on Saturday evening.

Professor Brimicombe and Dr Li analysed data gathered over a 12-year period since London announced its candidacy as a host Olympic and Paralympic city in 2003.

Among the main findings, the study reported that:

The area around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has undergone extensive regeneration, fulfilling a key legacy promise. The Olympic Village has been converted successfully to residential properties and there is expanding commercial and residential development in and around the park.
All permanent, new Olympic venues are in secure ownership, management and popular use.
The public transport infrastructure in east London has improved beyond recognition.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has proved to be a popular recreational amenity for east Londoners, while the ecological and environmental functions of the site are well established.
The number of men and woman who have reached the ‘top level’ of sporting achievement in the UK has increased. There has been a particularly dramatic rise in elite female Paralympic athletes.
Poverty and social exclusion rates have reduced in London and the six host boroughs, in part due to the legacy effect.
Crime rates have declined in the six host boroughs.
The proportion of disabled people who are economically active has improved in the six host boroughs.
Levels of participation in sport and physical activity remain unchanged in London and the six host boroughs.
There has been no discernible effect on obesity levels in London and the six host boroughs.

Starting with the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made it a requirement of Olympic host cities to develop an objective and scientific analysis of the impact of the Games.

The IOC uses the findings, along with other tools and information sources, to make appropriate changes to maintain the long-term viability of the Games in keeping with the ideals of the Olympic Movement.

Michelle Lemaitre, the IOC’s Head of Olympic Sustainability and Legacy at the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was one of the keynote speakers at Saturday’s conference, along with Paul Brickell, Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships at the London Legacy Development Corporation, and Richard Sumray, formerly Chief Executive of London International Sport and consultant to the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).