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Game On London

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Meal Punch

Breakfast: Cornflakes, two eggs, two slices of bread and a glass of milk

Lunch: Two rotis with dal, two pieces of boiled chicken with vegetable salad

Dinner: Post evening training, weight is measured. a ‘normal' weight will get him a proper dinner, else a protein diet or a carb diet, depending upon whether his weight is more or less 

Workout Regime
On alternate days or twice a week, these are some of his routines: Long-distance running (5-10 km); punching bags for 9 rounds; shadow boxing for 4 rounds; weight training for 1 hour; a game of football.

Everyday, he does at least 350 abdomen curls, 100 push-ups, 40 bench presses and 20 chin-ups. 

3000 calories a day are needed to maintain his ideal weight.

THE PAST AND THE PRESENT... London hosted the first Olympic opening ceremony in 1908. Britain is the only country that has won gold at every summer games.
45,000 meals will be served at the 2012 games village daily- A total of 14 million.
8,000 tonnes of the waste will be generated; 40% of this will be food -related. 
150,000 free condoms available at the village. At the last games, 100,000 condoms were found inadequate.
BLADE RUNNER‘The fastest man on no legs' Oscar Pistorius will become the first double amputee to compete in a games.








HEAVY FUEL...Champion swimmer Michael Phelps's 12,000-calorie-a-day-diet includes a five-egg omelette, two large ham sandwiches, two pounds of pasta and a pizza among others. Don't try it at home.



1) MEET THE SURREALISTIC MEDALS. At the 1904 Paris Games, the winners were given paintings instead of medals as the French believed they were more valuable

2) CALL IT A DOSE OF SPORTSMAN'S SPIRIT. The first suspension for drug abuse was at the 1968 Mexico City Games. The drug in question— a few pints of beer.

3) NAMES CAN BE DECEPTIVE. The 1912 Games was the last time that gold medals were solid gold. Since then, they are made of silver, with gold plating

4) CRICKET WAS DROPPED FROM THE GAMES. For lack of teams. Other events that got the boot include tug-of-war, pelote bisque and the shooting of live pigeons.

Treasure Trove

The most expensive Olympic memorabilia auctioned.

Breal's Silver Cup: $868,000

Breal's Silver Cup

385 yards were added to the 26 mile marathon in 1908 as the finishing line was away from the british royal box.

Awarded to the first modern-day marathon winner, this cup was sold at a Christie's auction in London last April. The buyers, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, plan to keep it in a museum in Athens.

Beijing Olympic Gold Coin: $575,000

In January 2011, a Chinese 10 kg gold 100,000 yuan coin, made to commemorate the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries. Only 29 of these coins were minted and this was the only one allocated to the US market.


Helsinki Olympic Torch: $500,000

Only one of 22 ever made, a torch from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games was sold by Vassy-Jalenques SARL of Paris in April 2011. It has a sterling silver bowl and birch-wood handle. The buyer is unknown.

The Arcelormittal Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor and partly funded by LN Mittal, is a 115-metre-high observation tower in the Olympic Park in Stratford, London. The steel sculpture is Britain's largest piece of public art, and is intended to be a lasting legacy of the London Olympics.



(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 06-08-2012)