NOT surprisingly the Olympics have got off to a false start.
It has taken only one day since the athletes started arriving for the ‘Biggest Show On Earth’ for the infrastructure in England’s capital to unravel sufficiently for visiting sportsmen – including America’s two-time world 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement – to find the guy driving the bus taking them to the Olympic Village was struggling to find the destination.
The journey according to some reports took as long as four hours.
In another instance the driver of an Olympic bus from Russell Square to the Olympic Park in Stratford pulled over 30 minutes into its journey said ‘sorry about this’ and got out a map before performing a U-turn to get back on the correct route.
But it has since emerged that many of the sat-navs supplied to the drivers do not include the postcode for the Olympic Village, causing some consternation for the drivers – some of whom have been recruited from as far afield as Liverpool and Glasgow.
So while these are London’s Olympics and not ours, do at least be public spirited enough to give directions when stopped in your village by a bus driver with a coach load of confused Kenyan long distance runners and bewildered Belarus shot putters.