Opinion: Volunteering will be key to London 2012

Now that the Beijing Olympics are over, I feel a real sense of enthusiasm for the London Olympics in 2012. Beijing's showcase of sporting excellence served to vindicate the International Olympic Committee's faith in the Chinese government's ability to stage such a high-profile event. China was given the opportunity to present its 'revisionist' national character to the world: there was a telling absence of any reference to Mao Zedong in the opening ceremony.

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