Olympic design hopefuls face fitness tests

Designers will be required to undergo fitness and sporting tests to qualify for London 2012 Olympic tenders, Design Week can reveal.

The Federation of Olympic Organisational Logisticians says it wants consultancies tendering to nominate one member of staff to go through a similar pre-qualification process to that of athletes in the British Olympic team.

This could see designers required to run 100m in under 11 seconds, throw a javelin further than 70m, or defeat Locog chairman Lord Coe in a bout of Greco-Roman wrestling.

A spokesman for FOOL tells Design Week, ‘We want designers to get a real understanding of what the Olympics means for those taking part.’

He adds, ‘This won’t be an easy qualification, and we will be asking them to jump through hoops. In some cases literally.’

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  • sue turner November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I’m open to tenders then. I’m a long-distance runner and a fast one at that. Form an orderly line please.

  • Jack Gillespie November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    april fool surely! haha

  • Christine Dunne November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Sorry you’re going to have to try harder if you want to FOOL us!

  • louisa pacifico November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    happy april fools to you too!

  • Andy November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    You only just got this in before 12, 1 hour to go.

  • annalisa Hammond November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Happy April Fools Day!

  • Simon Hall November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    i use to run the 100m in under 11 secs…. about 20 years ago does that count?

  • Yulia Bakhtiozina November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    WOW i really like this idea! i am designer/artist and professional sportswoman, doing sport all life same as art. also teach yoga now! its gr8 theme
    i like it! my art is also based on sport and muscles!

  • Liza Whitney November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Belated April Fools!

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