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IOC 'confident' in London 2012 Games despite riots

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The IOC are confident in London's ability to host the 2012 Games, despite recent rioting
  • Rioting began in the British capital following the shooting of a 29-year-old man on Thursday
  • England's football friendly against Netherlands tomorrow postponed

(CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have said they are "confident" in London's ability to police the 2012 Olympic Games, despite continued unrest in the British capital.

Rioting has taken place across London and in other areas of the country following the shooting of a 29-year-old man on Thursday, with Olympic delegates set to arrive in the city to discuss preparations for next year's Games.

But despite the violence, which has also spread to the cities of Birmingham and Bristol, the IOC insisted London will be able to cope with the demands of hosting the quadrennial sporting event.

"Security at the Olympic Games is a top priority for the IOC," a spokesman for the organization told CNN.

Security at the Olympic Games is a top priority for the IOC ... We are confident they will do a good job in this domain
--IOC spokesman
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"It is, however, directly handled by the local authorities, as they know best what is appropriate and proportionate. We are confident they will do a good job in this domain."

London 2012's organizers said they were formulating plans for the Games with the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office and will continue to assess how best to handle next year's sporting spectacle.

"A lot of detailed work has taken place regarding security plans for the Games," said a spokeswoman for the body.

"We will continue to review them together with the Met Police and the Home Office over the coming year."

The Olympic Park, where the newly-built Olympic Stadium and many other venues for the Games are located, is situated in the east London area of Stratford, approximately three miles from rioting and disturbances in Hackney.

The situation has also hit the country's football schedule, with Wednesday's friendly international match between England and Netherlands at Wembley Stadium postponed.

"It is with regret that tomorrow's international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called off," read a short statement on the English Football Association's web site.

Wembley is situated in the north of London approximately 12 miles from where Thursday's shooting took place in Tottenham.