London Olympics 2012: Action slows down in stadiums, but the buzz is still there on the streets

first_imgAs the 30th Olympic Games inch towards a grand finale, as the final weekend approaches, withdrawal is setting in.We have been so used to the hectic schedule of covering a multi-discipline event, which requires 16 to 18 hours of non-stop work, not to mention the travelling between venues, that now it’s almost like working in slow motion. For Indian journalists, all the action is now at the Excel Arena, with only the wrestlers vying for medals.It’s such a contrast from the first week of the Games, when we had one eye on the sport we were watching, the other following live updates on the cell phone or iPad, while the ears were busy listening to results from a third venue.A similar slowdown has also been witnessed in the transit system. The LOCOG buses are not crammed with tired, sweaty (yes even in the cool climate of London) journalists, while the volunteers look relaxed and less hurried. It’s almost like a cool down after a long, hard day in the field, with a bit of stretching before the players head off into the dressing room.However, the buzz at Leicester Square or Covent Garden in Central London is still the same. The bright lights are still shimmering as patrons from all over the world continue to throng the various eateries and designer boutiques.As soon as you step out of Leicester Square underground station, you’re welcomed by street performers and neon lights. Locals mingle freely with athletes and officials from various contingents. It’s almost as if the focus has now shifted from the on field competition to the sights and sounds of Central London.advertisementThis revelry is likely to continue late into Sunday night and Monday morning as London bids goodbye to the Olympic Games.last_img

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