The first wave of Olympic athletes and visitors began pouring into Britain on Monday and officials played down fears that a packed London would buckle under the pressure of its biggest peacetime security and transport operation.
An embarrassing shortage of security guards, fears over airport queues and questions about the capital’s creaking transport system have overshadowed preparations for the Games.
Extra soldiers were drafted in to help police the Games after private security firm G4S (GFS.L) said it had run out of time to train all its newly recruited staff. The company’s share price fell sharply on Monday.
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