Between 27th July and 12th August 2012 London is hosting the Olympic Games. After 1908 and 1948, it is the third time that London is the host of this international sports event. Athletes from more than 200 countries try to win Olympic medals in 302 events such as swimming, canoeing, rowing, basketball, handball, volleyball, football, cycling, boxing, fencing, table tennis, tennis, badminton, gymnastics, triathlon, archery, athletics… The only new discipline this year is women’s boxing. However, not all of these events will take place in London. The football tournament, for example, will be at different stadiums around the UK and the sailing events will take place on the Isle of Portland. The total costs for the London Olympics are around 10 billion pounds (=12 billion euros) and a tickets cost between £20 and £2000 pounds!The Olympic torch:The Olympic torch will travel eight The two mascots are Wenlock andthousand miles from Greece to Mandeville.London. Athletes from differentnationalities pass it on from onerunner to the next one.