By Steve Carpenter 18/04 Updated: 23/04 17:03
THE LORD Mayor of Coventry is calling on the people of the city to join in the London 2012 spirit by attending the first Olympic-related football match next week.
The Ricoh Arena, which will be known as the City of Coventry Stadium throughout the Games, is hosting the decisive play-off between Senegal and Oman to determine which country takes the last spot in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament this summer.
And Coun Kieran Mulhall is urging as many people as possible to come along to the qualifier on Monday (April 23) to show their civic pride in Coventry being a co-host city for the rapidly-approaching Olympics Games.
"There is a tremendous feeling building up within Coventry and the region as the Olympic countdown moves ever nearer and this qualifier is a major milestone," said Coun Mulhall.
"The amount of Olympic-related activity reflects well on the city and I think the enthusiasm that has been shown has shone through ever since it was announced we had been chosen as the only Midlands venue to host Olympic football matches.
"The fact that the City of Coventry Stadium has been chosen to hold the Men’s Olympic Qualification play-off match is a terrific endorsement of the venue and the hard work shown by many people through the city.
"We want as many people as possible to come along to support these two teams in their final step towards achieving their dream of being the final nation to qualify.
"Whether you are a football fan or not, Olympic fever is infectious and this will be a great game to get everyone in the mood for the matches to come during the summer.
"There will be some exciting young footballers on show from the African and Asian continents and this is a night when we can all join in to show our pride in our city."
For more information about how to get tickets for the match and Olympic football this summer turn to our sports section.
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