It sums up what they [London 2012 organisers] have been talking about in terms of the legacy factor – and, I suppose in some form or another, the disquiet people are beginning to have about the amount of money being spent and how it’s all being thrown at London and not trickling out to the regions. The disquiet is there.
They are suggesting that what we’re going to experience will inspire a generation, and this is also upping the ante on success. If we’re going to be inspired, home athletes are the key inspiration point. It clearly is one of those things that says what it is trying to do on the tin.
It shows to a certain extent that they have to be confident in what they deliver. As we get closer, with the 100 days to go milestone, the ratchet is being stepped up. I think it would be churlish to be negative – they are steering this very large supertanker through what could be some stormy waters later on.