The Aquatic centre where the Modern Pentathlon swimming discipline will take place at the 2012 London Olympics has been officially opened.
International Olympic Committee president Rogge marked a year to go until the Games with a visit to the arena. and applauded organisers for completing the last of the six permanent Olympic Park venues.
“London has done a great job,” he said after watching an eye-catching performance by Team GB’s synchronised swimmers.
Rogge was awestruck by the Aquatics Centre, saying: “I entered the upper deck and I had a visual shock. I’ve seen so many venues in my life but never something like this.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson was even more enthusiastic about the venue, saying: “It is an architectural poem, it’s a sinuous wave of beauty. That water looks good enough to drink. It is gin-clear. There are no Band Aids floating at the bottom, there’s no fluff.”
The ODA proudly pointed out that the Olympic build, one of Britain's most challenging construction projects, had been achieved on time, to budget, with a safety record far better than the industry average, and set new standards in sustainability and accessible design.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "With construction now complete on the Aquatics Centre, we are another step closer to the spectacular Olympic Park which will be host to world class sport in 2012.
"After the Games, the venue will become a much-needed swimming facility for London with community use at its heart, epitomising the spirit of London's bid -a Games which would bring lasting change and encourage people to choose sport.
"Everyone involved can be very proud of this venue and the progress of the Olympic Park as a whole. I congratulate the ODA and their teams who have done a fantastic job."
The Olympic Modern Pentathlon event will occur 11-12 August 2012.