IOC praises Olympic village for 2012 Games

The Associated Press
A photographer takes a picture of a construction worker crossing the finish line,at the London 2012 Olympic stadium,  London, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The last piece of turf was laid Tuesday at the Olympic Stadium, symbolizing the completion of building work on the 80,000-seat flagship venue for the 2012 London Games. Former Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks used a shovel to lay down the symbolic last piece of grass on the infield, 16 months before next year's games. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)
A photographer takes a picture of a construction worker crossing the finish line,at the London 2012 Olympic stadium, London, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The last piece of turf was laid Tuesday at the Olympic Stadium, symbolizing the completion of building work on the 80,000-seat flagship venue for the 2012 London Games. Former Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks used a shovel to lay down the symbolic last piece of grass on the infield, 16 months before next year's games.

The International Olympic Committee has praised the progress in construction of the athletes' village for the 2012 London Games.

The IOC's coordination commission toured the village Thursday on the second day of its latest check on Olympic preparations.

London's Olympic Delivery Authority said work on the first of the 11 residential complexes in the village has been completed.

The ODA says "construction of the remaining residential plots is firmly on track" with completion expected by the end of the year.

IOC coordination commission chairman Denis Oswald says "it is encouraging to see that excellent progress has been made in constructing this accommodation."