London: With only one year to go until the greatest show on earth – the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympics Games the British High Commission along with the British Council today (Wednesday 27 July) organised sporting events in Islamabad and Karachi to celebrate the start of the countdown to the Games.
Deputy High Commissioner, Dr Peter Tibber said:
“Today marks one year to go until the eyes of the world focus on the London 2012 Olympics. It is an exciting time and here in Pakistan we are getting into the spirit of the Games by hosting two sporting events with some of Pakistan’s biggest sporting names to mark the beginning of this countdown.
Here in Islamabad we pitted two of Pakistan’s great tennis players Muhammad Aasaf and Sarah Mehboob in a mixed doubles match with two of our own members of staff from the British High Commission.
In Karachi Jahangir Khan, arguably the world’s best squash player was joined by many other sporting celebrities and hundreds of boys and girls from different schools in Karachi who are part of the British Council’s International Inspirations programme for an evening of sporting events.
But today is not just about the world’s athletes, nor about VIPs. It is about sending a message to every one of you here in Pakistan and across the world that we in Britain look forward to welcoming you to our great nation.
Today and for the next 12 months until the Games, we want to show you what makes the UK such a great place to live, work, visit, invest and do business.
With 365 days to go, Britain stands ready to welcome the world to London – and you’re invited.”
The Foreign Secretary said:
“The Foreign Office is playing a crucial part in telling the rest of the world what a great place the UK is to visit, do business and learn in the lead up to the Olympics and Paralympics. We are encouraging hundreds of thousands of visitors to find out about the Olympic Games next year – it is going to be an incredible time in the UK and we are ready to welcome everybody. Events at our global network of posts are helping spread messages about the Games and I am pleased that there is so much going on to promote the Olympics.”
In Islamabad, the Deputy High Commissioner also presented prizes to the winners of the British High Commission online quiz. In all 5 winners were selected from over 200 entries each winning official London 2012 merchandise.
These events mark the start of the countdown to the London 2012 Games. Over the next year we will be working with the Pakistan National Olympics and Paralympics Committees to organise even more sporting events to help bring the London 2012 Games to the people of Pakistan.
For more information, contact:
British High Commission
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306