Time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games! More than 10,000 athletes from 205 countries are assembling in London for Friday's Opening Ceremony. Meanwhile London has been preparing for this event for years- it is a big operation, running for 66 days across 1,000 venues, including sporting and cultural events, and making use of up to 9,500 police officers on the busiest days. Medals will be handed out in 26 different sports during these games. It comes at a big cost, but according to their figures, the organizers of the Games are currently under budget by some £476 million ($738 million)!
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