- Security risks highlighted by Europol about Al-Qaeda using London 2012 to maximise the symbolic impact of an attack.
- Warnings that the Olympics will provide a ‘breeding ground’ for the distribution and spread of ‘malware’ and other sorts of cyber-nasties – ranging from fraud to cyber espionage and full-blown attacks.
- Warnings of an immanent ‘sexual health disaster’, despite the stockpiling of some 150,000 condoms for the Olympic Village in London — in an attempt to avoid the experience in Sydney where the initial 70,000 ran out and a further 20,000 had to be ordered.
- The need for emergency planning of A&E services to cope with an expected surge in alcohol-related problems during events – extending measures over a two week period that are typically only in place on New Year’s Eve.
- Suggestions that after the initial over-subscription of the public sale of Olympic tickets the possibility that some events will not sell out after all, either as public enthusiasm for the remaining events or the official ticketing system has waned – or possibly as the current hard economic times constrain demand for tickets.
Other news stories provide an indication of some of the media storms that might blow up over the coming weeks, such as rumblings over the VIP treatment provided for foreign dignitaries and members of the ‘Olympic family’, the limited social impact of the event (which no doubt we will hear more about, once the clean up begins) and the scope for disruption of the event by protests from different groups, such as diversion of the Olympic flame by Irish Republicans.