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London ready for the Games despite nerves

London Mayor Boris Johnson insisted Sunday the city was ready to host the 2012 Olympics despite a national outbreak of pre-match nerves before the biggest show on earth gets under way.

Johnson said Britain was feeling the necessary tension before a big performance, as the clock ticks down to Friday’s opening ceremony on the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

He said the venues were safe and the transport system was bearing up despite a week dominated in Britain by fears over travel chaos and gaps in security.

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge is in London and he thinks that “our city is as well prepared as any city has ever been in the history of the Games,” Johnson told BBC television.

“So far the traffic system and transport networks generally are holding up well. Possibly what we’re going though is that necessary, pre-curtain-up moment of psychological self-depression before the excitement.”

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