Jowell sets out five targets for legacy of London 2012

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Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, yesterday outlined the Government's five "ambitious" targets against which the success of London 2012 could be judged.

The presentation was made to open the annual site inspection by the International Olympic Committee's 16-strong co-ordination team. Sustainable legacy was the key theme London's officials wanted to stress on the first day of the visit. The five promises were:

To make the UK a world-leading sporting nation. Away from the elite end, that means increasing participation by one per cent a year until 2012 and providing four hours of sport every week for the over-fives.

Transformation of London's East End to secure a legacy of 40,000 new homes and 50,000 new jobs in a new town the size of Exeter.

Opportunities for a generation of young people to take part in Olympic volunteering schemes.

A commitment to the environment and sustainability within the Olympic park.

To boost Britain's position in the world as a creative and inclusive nation.

Jowell reported a "very positive" response from the delegates. She said: "We are doing pretty well and I think we will have a good story to tell the IOC inspectors this week."

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