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Olympic rings touch down at Birmingham airport

MYT 5:05:01 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - The latest set of giant Olympic rings to celebrate the approaching London Games will be unveiled at Birmingham Airport on Tuesday -- the first British airport to be decorated with the iconic symbol.

The rings will sit either side of the airport's new control tower and will be visible to passengers on approaching planes and also car drivers on the busy Birmingham to Coventry road.

People pass by an artwork painted on a wall in East London depicting the Olympic rings which was created by a street art organisation called "The Toasters" April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Birmingham will host the Jamaican and United States track and field teams prior to the Games. Coventry's football stadium will kickoff the action at the Olympics with the first match in the soccer tournament which begins before the opening ceremony.

American former Olympic 400 metre champion Edwin Moses was in Birmingham to unveil the rings.

"Seeing the Games celebrated in such an iconic way will be a great inspiration to the athletes training in the region," Moses said in a statement from the London organising committee.

Other sets of Olympic rings have been placed at London's St Pancras railway station, Kew Gardens and at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel. Another set will float down the River Thames on a barge during the Games which start in July.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman. Editing by Patrick Johnston)


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