It is now just over a year to go before the start of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The city of London is gearing up as the host of both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games, as is the British National Lottery, which is raising around £2.2 billion to fund the gigantic events.

The money raised from the National Lottery will help to provide five new sports facilities for the Games including the main Olympic Stadium, Handball Arena, Hockey Centre, Velo Park and the Aquatic Centre. The 80 000 seat Olympic Stadium will be the focus of the sports facilities and will hold the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the track and field events. Progress has been good and the facilities are ready to be tested by the Olympic officials this summer. sbobet asia

“I am in no doubt that in 2012 we will see a great Games that will make a difference to us all,” commented Jacques Rogue, the President of the International Olympic Committee, obviously pleased by the progress of the Olympic Stadium and the other London facilities.

The Queen Olympic Park District of London is the location of all the facilities already mentioned and will also house athletes from all over the globe. Once the Paralympic Games have ended the area is planned to become homes, business units, leisure facilities and parks. London Mayor Boris Johnson said, “Not since Georgian England has London seen such an ambitious and comprehensive vision for the new district.” He is clearly excited about the progress made so far.

Meanwhile, of the £2.2 billion being raised for the project by the British National Lottery, £750 million will be raised from special lottery games being held by the National Lottery’s administrators. Under the special games section there are 10 scratch card Olympic Games listed: these are Winners Luck, Super 7s, Lucky 7s, Royal 7s, Triple Cash, Money Spider, Mystic Dog, Double Red Hot 7, Monster Money and Blazing 7s. Another 34 Interactive Instant Win Olympic Games were also added to the Scratch Card Olympic Games. The portion of the revenue from these games usually set aside for good causes will go to the Olympic Distribution Fund (OLBF).

The National Lottery main draw will provide the remaining £1.45 billion planned for the 2012 Olympic Games. Since the British National Lottery started operating in 1994, donations to deserving charities from the organization have totalled £24 billion so such donations are nothing new. Of the money raised from each National Lottery ticket sold, 28% will go to charity and 50% funds the jackpot prizes.