LONDON 2012: Olympic village gets ready to welcome its 10,000 star guests
LONDON 2012 organisers are preparing for the arrival of athletes this week with rehearsals of the official welcome ceremony that will take place several times a day in the Olympic village.
PRACTICE: Members of Armed Forces rise the flag during the team welcome ceremony Rehersal at Olympic Park (Getty Images)
In total 100 ceremonies, which will be attended by just over 200 teams, will be held with the National Youth Theatre involved their production and choreography.
Their 70-strong cast will provide the singing and dancing while respective national anthems, specially arranged by British composer Philip Sheppard and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, will be played and flags raised.
"Teams from all over the world are coming to London and the athletes’ Village will become their home throughout the Games," said London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.
"Some of them will be coming to London for the first time; others will be competing at their first Games so first impressions will count for a lot.
"I have no doubt that The National Youth Theatre will ensure that the team welcome ceremonies will provide the warmest welcome to London and help create an environment for them to prepare for what could be the greatest moment in their sporting careers.
"The playing of anthems is one of the most emotive parts of any Games and it was an incredible moment for me at the Moscow and Los Angeles Games."
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