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IN PICS: 50 days to London 2012

Olympics – world’s biggest sporting extravaganza – will begin in London on July 27.A new eco-friendly lighting system on ToA new eco-friendly lighting system on Tower Bridge illuminates the structure with colors, on May 30, 2012. The new lighting on Tower Bridge was switched on today after a six-month renovation, ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.SJA Media Lunch – Hugh RobertsonLONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 7: Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson answers question from media during the SJA Media Lunch sponsored by Ladbrokes at Ye Olde Cock Tavern on June 7, 2012 in London, England.In this picture taken on June 6, 2012, JIn this picture taken on June 6, 2012, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura looks towards a pommel horse … Read MoreIn this picture taken on June 6, 2012, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura looks towards a pommel horse during a practice session at the National Training Centre in Tokyo. World all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura insists he will put his personal glory aside at the London Olympics to help Japan steal the men’s team gold medal back from archrivals China.Read LessCuba’s Robles trains for the men’s 110m hurdles at the Pan American Stadium in HavanaCuba’s Dayron Robles trains for the men’s 110m hurdles at the Pan American Stadium in Havana, May 8, 2012. Robles, the current world record holder in the event and gold medalist in the Beijing Olympics, told Reuters that he will retire after the 2012 Games in London. Picture taken May 8, 2012.To match OLY-WRES-YOSHIDA-PROFILE/Japan's wrestler Saori Yoshida trains during a training session ahead of the 2012 London Olympics at… Read MoreJapan’s wrestler Saori Yoshida trains during a training session ahead of the 2012 London Olympics at the National Training Center in Tokyo March 20, 2012. Don’t let the fluffy socks fool you. Pint-sized Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida could just be the most fearsome athlete in any sport at this year’s London Olympics. Yoshida, who marched Terminator-like to Olympic wrestling gold in the 2004 and 2008 women’s 55-kg division, has never tasted defeat at an Olympics, world or Asian championships. Picture taken March 20, 2012. To match OLY-WRES-YOSHIDA-PROFILE.Read LessCuba’s Robles competes in men’s 110m hurdles final of a local athletics competition at the Pan American Stadium in HavanaCuba's Dayron Robles competes in the men's 110m hurdles final of a local athletics competition at th… Read MoreCuba’s Dayron Robles competes in the men’s 110m hurdles final of a local athletics competition at the Pan American Stadium in Havana May 27, 2012. Robles, current the world record holder in the event and gold medalist in the Beijing Olympics, told Reuters that he will retire after the 2012 Games in London. Picture taken May 27, 2012.Read LessTo match story OLY-DIVE-DVM10P-MDALEY-STUDENT/British diver Tom Daley poses for photographers during the launch of his autobiography at Waterstone… Read MoreBritish diver Tom Daley poses for photographers during the launch of his autobiography at Waterstones in London, in this file picture taken May 21, 2012. A poster boy for the London 2012 Olympics and one of Britain’s biggest medal hopes this summer, Tom Daley is not your average 18-year-old. To match story OLY-DIVE-DVM10P-MDALEY-STUDENT.Read LessColombia’s President Santos presents the Colombian Olympic team with a set of Colombian flags ahead of their trip to represent the country in the 2012 London Olympics at BogotaColombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos presents the Colombian Olympic team with a set of Colombian flags ahead of their trip to represent the country in the 2012 London Olympics at Bogota June 5, 2012.Pregnant Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani talks to husband after competing at 36th Southeast Asian Shooting Championship 2012 in SubangPregnant Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi (R) talks to her husband Marhazli Mhotar after … Read MorePregnant Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi (R) talks to her husband Marhazli Mhotar after competing in the women’s single 10m air rifle shooting finals at the 36th Southeast Asian Shooting Championship 2012 in Subang outside Kuala Lumpur June 5, 2012. When Suryani takes aim with her rifle at the London Olympics it will not just be nerves she will be attempting to control inside her. The 29-year-old from Perak, situated 200 kilometres (124 miles) north of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, is due to give birth to her first child on Sept. 2, less than a month after the Games end.Read LessStephen HarperPrime Minister Stephen Harper plays a game of table tennis with Team Canada’s Mo Zhang at Canada House in London on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Harper announced that Canada House would be designated as Canada Olympic House during the 2012 London Olympics.

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