Suffolk: Ipswich Town supremo can’t wait to be part of Olympic Torch relay
IPSWICH Town supremo Simon Clegg just can’t shake his love affair with the Olympics!
He was he one of the key figures involved in bringing the 2012 Games to London and has been appointed as honorary Olympic attache for the Pacific territory of Guam.
And today the Blues chief executive will be carrying the Olympic torch on part of its journey across the UK.
Mr Clegg will be running with the torch on its 92nd leg in Keswick, in the Lake District, on day 34 of its trip to the Olympic stadium in Stratford.
He said: “I’m hugely flattered to have been invited to run with the torch carrying the Olympic flame from its journey from Olympia to London.
“Whilst my focus has for the last three years been on Ipswich Town, I could not pass this opportunity by, having spent so much of my career in the Olympic movement.
“During the run as well as trying to ensure I don’t trip over, I’ll be thinking of the six years my colleagues and I spent trying to persuade a reluctant government to support a bid for 2012 starting back in 1997 as well as trying to share the moment with anyone from Keswick who has turned out for this historic occasion.
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“The Olympic flame is a symbol of peace and I’m delighted that so many people have turned out to witness it and I am confident that it will get a huge reaction when it comes to Suffolk in a few weeks’ time.”
Earlier this year, Mr Clegg was appointed honorary Olympic attache for Guam –one of the most remote nations to take part. He is also a key advisor to the British team delivering the Games.
The position will give the former British Olympic Association chief executive an “access all areas” accreditation to the sporting extravaganza.
The flame will be passing through 16 of Suffolk’s towns and villages on July 5, 6 and 7 and every day of the Olympic torch relay has so far attracted crowds of more than 100,000 eager to be part of the historic celebration.
Roads along some sections of the torch route will be closed before the flame arrives and until it has passed through.
Visit www.suffolk.gov.uk for more details of the Olympic torch’s route.
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