The Jamaican track and field athletes, including Usain Bolt, have begun arriving at the University of Birmingham today.
The 50- person squad will be based at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus before the London 2012 games which begin on 27th July. Ninety per cent of the team have now arrived in the Midlands.
The Jamaicans will be looked after by Birmingham’s Olympic green team. This team consists of 75 volunteers who have welcomed the visitors and will now cover everything from security to organising excursions for the team. The volunteers are all students and staff, and have been picked for the honour because they had volunteered on other events in the past.
The United States track and field team will also be training in the city. Gary Peal, Training Camp Co-ordinator on behalf of Birmingham City Council, said, ‘I can confirm that we’ve got about 90% of the team safely accredited and relaxing into their environment for the next 10 days.’
He added that Usain Bolt had arrived, saying, ‘The great man is currently in our city.’
On 25 July some selected schoolchildren and members of athletics clubs have been invited to watch a training session with the Jamaican athletes at the University of Birmingham.