AS we come to the end of the first week of the Olympics, I feel we can be truly proud of the achievements of Team GB so far and I wish all of them the very best of luck in the events yet to come.
The excitement generated this year is just the start of the excitement we will feel as Londongears up for our own showcase Olympics in 2012.
There has been criticism of this year's host country, China, in relation to its human rights record. However I believe these Games provide the opportunity for Chinato show it is able to take on greater international responsibility as its economy develops further.
The Olympics is a sporting event and should be free from politics. Surely the best way to engage China on the issue of Tibet and human rights is through diplomacy and international pressure, not by boycotting a great sporting event.
Athletes from across the world have made many sacrifices to be able to attend and take part in the Olympics. It is not fair to these athletes if any form of boycott were put in place. I am sure every athlete has trained to win and sees the gold medal as theirs. However I am sure just the privilege of taking part will fulfil a life-time ambition for the majority.
Of course, there will be many individual stories of personal 'bests' being set, as well as new world records. Some athletes will perform beyond their wildest dreams, and others will be so disappointed they underperformed on the day. But nothing can be taken away from them - these athletes are the best in the world and every competitor, from every participating country, should be congratulated.
We want our own 2012 Games to be a great sporting event for Londonand Britain, ensuring there is a lasting legacy for sport beyond the two weeks in August 2012.