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The Games of the XXX Olympiad are upon us and the world is once again poised to come together in a celebration of sport and human excellence.For the thousands of athletes participating in London 2012, the Games represent the culmination of years of dedication, sacrifice and training. Athletes have always been at the heart of the Olympic Games and London 2012 is no exception. This is their time to shine, to put in the performances of their lives and to inspire a generation.For many athletes, London 2012 will be the highlight of their sporting careers. Some will of course reach the podium and set records along the way. But win or lose, it will be those athletes who compete in a spirit of excellence, friendship and respect who will set an example for us all.This summer we will also be making a significant step in the long struggle for gender equality in sports. The inclusion of women's boxing on the programme for London ensures that women will compete at every event for the first time in the 116-year history of the modern Olympic Games. We are delighted to have reached this milestone and will continue to fight for better representation of women in other areas of the sports world. The London Games will not only be remembered for the achievements on the playing field. Local organisers have been working to ensure a lasting legacy from the Games since 2005, with 75p from every pound invested in infrastructure having been dedicated for legacy purposes.Transportation infrastructure improvements will provide long-lasting benefits for London residents and visitors. Long-depressed areas of London have been transformed and thousands of jobs have been created. The Games will also deliver a positive social legacy by encouraging participation in sports, promoting volunteerism and inspiring young people to strive for their goals. I have no doubt that London will host an excellent Olympic Games that will be remembered long into the future. The local organisers have done a terrific job preparing for the Games, the city is ready to welcome the world, and the athletes are eager to start turning their Olympic dreams into reality. Like the billions of Olympic fans in London and around the world, I too will be watching and willing on the athletes. I wish each one the best of luck and an excellent, enjoyable Games. ? FOREWORD BYJACQUES ROGGEPRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEEOLYMPIC REVIEW 7PRESIDENT ROGGE FOREWORD