This was our fourteenth appearance at the Olympics.
Olympic Council of Malaysia sent a total of 29 athletes to the Games, 16 men and 13 women, to compete in 9 sports. This was also the youngest delegation in Malaysia’s Olympic history, with more than half under the age of 25, and many of them were expected to reach their peak in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Nine Malaysian athletes had competed in Beijing, including platform diver Pandelela Rinong, who was appointed by the council to carry the nation’s flag at the opening ceremony. Diver Yeoh Ken Nee, on the other hand, made his Olympic return in London, after a twelve-year absence. For the first time since its official Olympic debut, Malaysia did not qualify athletes in taekwondo.
The London 2012 Games were centred around the Olympic Park in east London, which is the site of a number of new sports venues. Up to 180,000 spectators a day entered the Park to enjoy the Games, making it the principal focus of Olympic activity.
The main venues – the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and BMX Circuit, as well as the hockey, handball and basketball arenas – were easily accessible through a network of footbridges and walkways within the Park.
The Olympic Village was within walking distance of all the venues in the Park, enhancing the experience for athletes and officials. The use of other prestigious venues – such as Wembley Stadium for football, the All-England Club in Wimbledon for tennis, Lord’s Cricket Ground for archery and Horse Guards Parade for beach volleyball – was also a feature of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The London 2012 Games included a four-year Cultural Olympiad. It reached a climax with the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on 27 July 2012, starting a 60-day festival of sport and culture across the UK, as the Olympic and Paralympic spirit crosses the world once again.
LONDON 2012 BY NUMBERS
The Olympic Games are one of the biggest and most complex events in the world, as highlighted by some of these mind-boggling facts and figures:
- 26 sports, featuring 39 disciplines, were contested during the Games across 34 venues
- The Olympic Park, which held nine venues, was 2.5sq km in size – equivalent to 357 football pitches
- 8.8 million tickets were available for the London 2012 Olympic Games
- About 10,500 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees took part in the Games, with 302 medal events being held
- Over 21,000 accredited media communicated the Games to a potential worldwide audience of 4 billion people
- There were also 2,961 technical officials and 5,770 team officials
- A total workforce of around 200,000 people, including more than 6,000 staffs, 70,000 volunteers and 100,000 contractors, were involved in the Games
- LOCOG had sourced over one million pieces of sport equipment for the Games, including 510 adjustable hurdles for athletics, 600 basket balls, 2,700 foot balls and 356 pairs of boxing gloves
- During the Games, 20 million spectator journeys were made in London, including three million on the busiest day of the Games
- Approximately 14 million meals were served at the Games, including 45,000 per day in the Olympic Village
On the obverse, the traditional goddess of victory flies into the Panathinaikos stadium bringing victory to the best athlete. For these Games, the figure of victory is accompanied by the specific inscription: “XXX Olympiad London 2012”.
The reverse features an abstract design with the 2012 Games emblem at its centre as a metaphor for the modern city. The design also includes a ribbon representing London’s Thames river and an interlocking grid pattern that radiates from the centre and pulls the design together, giving it a sense of outreach while also representing the achievements and efforts of Olympic athletes. A square, which encases the balance of the design, opposes the circular shape of the medals and emphasizes its focus on the centre, reinforcing the sense of ‘place, as in a map inset.
Wenlock takes his name from the town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire, which still hosts the traditional Much Wenlock Games. These were one of Pierre de Coubertin’s sources of inspiration for the modern Olympic Games.
According to the story by Michael Morpurgo, Wenlock’s metallic look is explained by the fact that he was made from one of the last drops of steel used to build the Olympic Stadium in London.
The light on his head is based on those found on London’s famous black cabs. The shape of his forehead is identical to that of the Olympic Stadium roof. His eye is the lens of a camera, filming everything he sees. On his wrists, he wears five bracelets in the colours of the Olympic rings. And the three points on his head represent the three places on the podium for the medal winners.
Iris design agency
DID YOU KNOW?
Streets, parks and underground station entrances in London were decorated with 84 sculptures of Wenlock and the Paralympic mascot Mandeville standing 2 metres 30 tall and each weighing a ton, to help guide tourists during the Games. These sculptures were decorated by 22 designers to reflect their surroundings.
The mascots were chosen in a competition launched in 2008. More than 100 designers, artists and agencies submitted proposals. Wenlock and Mandeville were chosen from a series of designs which included a humanised pigeon, an animated teacup and representations of Big Ben featuring arms and legs.
Number of torchbearers: around 500 in Greece and 8 000 in Great Britain
Total distance: 15 775 km including 2 900 km in Greece and 12 875 in Great Britain
Countries crossed: Greece, Great Britain
LONDON 2012: AN EDGY LOOK
In what was a first in Olympic history, the logo did not feature the city or the country, but the year – 2012.
Four strong, loud colours, inspired by the worlds of media, communication and fashion.
The official report published by the LOCOG consists of a single set of two commemorative books published by Wiley (The official commemorative book; The Games, Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic Journey to London 2012) and a DVD, “London 2012 Olympic Games: official report”. This bilingual DVD, in English and French, contains all the official texts and results, plus the “Official Film of the IOC report”.
- Cheng Chu Sian
- Haziq Kamaruddin
- Khairul Anuar Mohamad
- Nurul Syafiqah Hashim
- Lee Hup Wei
- Noraseela Khalid
- Chan Peng Soon
- Goh Liu Ying
- Lee Chong Wei
- Koo Kien Keat
- Tan Boon Heong
- Tee Jing Yi
- Amir Rusli
- Azizulhasni Awang
- Fatehah Mustapa
- Mohammed Adiq Husainie Othman
- Bryan Nickson Lomas
- Cheong Jun Heong
- Huang Qiang
- Leong Mun Yee
- Ng Yan Yee
- Pandelela Rinong
- Traisy Vivien Tukiet
- Yeoh Ken Nee
- Yu Peng Kean
- Khairul Nizam Mohd Affendy
- Nur Suryani Muhd Taibi
- Heidi Gan
- Khoo Cai Lin