Mayor launches London’s Warm-up Weekend

warm up weekend

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced the ticket launch of London’s Warm-Up Weekend which will see the capital host three Olympic sports over one weekend. The weekend, which takes place over the 14th-16th August (Fri-Sun), will comprise of Game On At The O2 - where the GB Basketball team will host Poland, Turkey and Israel in a four nations basketball series, the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London in Hyde Park and the Modern Pentathlon World Championships which take place in Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

The Mayor was joined at the launch of London’s Warm-up Weekend at London’s City Hall where GB basketball player 6’ 11” GB basketball player Dan Clarke will be warming-up for the GB game at The O2 over the warm-up weekend.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners to watch world-class athletes at some of the capital’s finest sporting venues and the first real chance to experience action at future Olympic locations like Hyde Park. As London ‘warms-up’ to welcome the world in 2012, let’s cheer on our GB athletes and 2012 hopefuls – I hope that events like this will inspire more young Londoners to get involved in sports activity, even inspiring future winners.’

As part of the weekend activities Londoners and visitors to the capital will have the opportunity to purchase an official London Warm-Up weekend combined ticket which will give them a chance to watch all three Olympic sports across the weekend as well as cheering on a number of GB hopefuls who will be competing across all three events. The price of the combined ticket will be £20 for an adult ticket and £55 for a family of 4, which gives them entrance and special reserved seating for all three events. Details can be found at

As well as watching the sporting action Londoners can even take part in The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series in London’s Hyde Park on August 16th in the Sunday Age Group race and experience how it feels to compete on a future Olympic venue like Hyde Park. Entries are limited and participants can register for the Age Group race until 19 July 2009 at

CEO of Visit London Sally Chatterjee added:
“It is fantastic that London will be hosting three world class Olympic sports in one weekend and in some of our most iconic sporting venues and landmarks. London is delighted to support these events coming in to London and it’s a great privilege to welcome so many world-class athletes to our city. We believe this weekend will be a major draw to both Londoners and sports fans from all over the world.”

Notes to Editors

The special ‘Warm-up Weekend’ ticket provided by Ticketmaster will give Londoners and visitors the chance to see all three events across the weekend:

- Friday 14th August (start 1800 & 2030): Game On at the O2, 4 Nations Basketball

- Saturday 15th August (start 1000 & 1315): Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series at Hyde Park (reserved grandstand seating)

- Sunday 16th August (start 1530): Modern Pentathlon World Championships at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (3 event ticket)

The Modern Pentathlon Championships is the first World Championships held in an Olympic sport in London since 1986.

It will also be the first time the Modern Pentathlon World Championships have been held in the UK since 2001 and the first World Championships to feature the sport’s new combined run/shoot format.

Peter Hart, Chief Executive of Pentathlon GB, said: “The World Championships are the biggest event on the modern pentathlon calendar in 2009 and it’s particularly exciting to host them in London just three years before the London 2012 Olympics Games.

Britain has a terrific track record in modern pentathlon and hopefully competing on home soil will give our athletes an extra boost. It will be great to see some British athletes on the podium at Crystal Palace.”

The World Championships are being supported by UK Sport’s Major Events Team and also provide an opportunity to train and qualify some of the officials that will be involved in the modern pentathlon at the London 2012 Olympics..

“There’s still a lot of work to do on the new format and we are still developing individual athletes’ skills,” added Bartu. “There will have been a month between the last World Cup and the European Championships so this will also be a benchmarking competition for us leading up to the World Championships..

Great Britain has a strong track record at recent European Championships – Mhairi Spence won the individual bronze medal in 2006 and Heather Fell won silver in 2007.  Fell just missed out on the medals in fifth last year.

Teenagers Freyja Prentice and Steven Mason will miss the European Championships to concentrate on the World Junior Championships in Taipei at the start of July.

The British team train at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University of Bath.

For further information, please contact Steve Ballinger in the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 07765 071683 or visit the website

GB Basketball
Turkey, Poland and Israel will compete with Team GB in this three-day event, which precedes the European EuroBasket Championships in Poland in September.
Game On at The O2 Arena, the four nations basketball tournament runs for three days, with two games per day, so ticket holders will see two games per day.
Tournament Format is four teams, three days, two games per day, with one final winning team.
British NBA stars expected to play in the tournament include:
• Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls – Great Britain
• Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls – Great Britain
• Pops Mensah-Bonsu of the Toronto Raptors – Great Britain
The games between Great Britain, Turkey, Isreal and Poland will help to mark the O2 Arena’s confirmation as one of the official London Olympic venues. The O2 will be called the North Greenwich Arena for the duration of the Olympics, and will host a number of Olympic events.
The Great Britain basketball team now has some of the best players in the world, some of whom ply their trade in the NBA. Former Brixton player Luol Deng will be returning from the NBA to show the O2 Arena crowds what he can do, and he’ll be joined by fellow Chicago Bulls player and Briton Ben Gordon on what’s now a pretty good Great Britain basketball team.

Isreal, Turkey and Poland also feature some superb players themselves, with Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz and Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic representing Turkey; and Goran Dragic of the Pheonix Suns, Radoslav Nesterovic of the Toranto Raptors, Beno Udrih of the Sacramento Kings and Sasha Vujavic of the LA Lakers representing a very strong Slovenian side. So tickets to see the Great Britain Basketball team will also enable you to see whole host of NBA stars.
Other NBA stars expected at this summer’s tournament include:

• Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz - Turkey
• Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic - Turkey

Game Times:

Friday: 18:00 Turkey vs. Israel, 20:30 GB vs. Poland
Saturday: 15:00 Israel vs. Poland, 17:30 GB vs. Turkey
Sunday: 15:00 Turkey vs. Poland, 17:30 GB vs. Israel


The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships Series comes to London’s Hyde Park on August 15 and 16th.

London will be the sixth of seven stop-overs for the Series. Each event features an elite men’s and women’s race but also an Age Group mass participation race. The event in London also hosts youth, junior and paratriathlon races and an expo - an international trade fair.

Londoners can even take part in the Sunday Age Group race and experience how it feels to compete on a future Olympic venue like Hyde Park. Entries are limited and participants can register for the Age Group race until 19 July 2009 at

President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Marisol Casado, said “As we
head towards the London Olympic Games in 2012, it is a sign of triathlon’s growing stature and significance that we look forward to a race in Hyde Park as part of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series. I am sure that I speak on behalf of all of the athletes, coaches and National Federations when I say that the triathlon family is very excited to be coming to one of the world’s greatest cities with the opportunity to race around such an iconic venue. My thanks go out to British Triathlon, London and our partners, Upsolut and Sportfive for working so hard to make this special event happen.”

The event will be televised live by BBC TV in the UK and by other networks around the world. 130 athletes from all the continents and up to 40 nations are expected to take part including all Olympic medal winners from Bejing as well as the reigning World Champions.

The London course for the elite athletes will include a 1500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. There will be a $150,000 prize fund.