Giant Olympic rings installed on French side of Channel Tunnel
Giant set of Olympic rings is unveiled at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France to celebrate 20/12 Day
London 2012 organisers have unveiled a giant set of Olympic rings at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France.
The rings – which are nearly 10 metres high and five metres wide – have been placed at the entrance of the tunnel in Coquelles near Calais in northern France, which will be one of the main gateways from Europe to the Games.
Earlier this year a set of rings were unveiled at St Pancras in recognition of the station’s role in the Games transportation network, both as the capital’s Eurostar terminus and as the departure point for the super-fast Javelin train, which will take spectators from central London to the Olympic Park in just seven minutes.
Plans are also in place to hang the the rings from other London landmarks, including Tower Bridge, but there has been widespread opposition in Scotland for the rings to be mounted on the wall of Edinburgh Castle, with critics successfully claiming they were not appropriate for such a historic building.
“The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. To athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport,” said London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.
“To visitors travelling from Europe they will excite and inspire them about the Olympic Games taking place in London, and demonstrate that we are ready to welcome the world in 2012.”