London 2012: Lord Moynihan hails Kent's response

Lord Moynihan
Image caption Lord Moynihan: "Kent is really leading the way."

Kent has been praised for "leading the way" when it comes to welcoming athletes and tourists ahead of London 2012.

Several countries will base themselves in the county prior to London 2012, including Portugal, Nepal and Barbados.

Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, hailed the county for the way it has responded to the Games.

He said: "Kent is really leading the way in many respects."

'Gearing up to welcome'

Speaking toBBC Radio Kent, he said: "Kent had come forward and said: 'We're close to the Olympic Park, we will provide the opportunity to support athletes from all 204 countries."

Lord Moynihan visited Tonbridge School on Monday, where Australia's athletics team will train.

He said: "The people associated with that school, the local clubs and community are gearing up to welcome them. That's not unique in Kent."

The county is one of many in the South East expected tobenefit from the influx of touriststo the Olympic and Paralympic Games in July, August and September.

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