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SHANGHAI will offer lessons for London, said Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Games organizing committee, on a tour of the Expo site yesterday.

"I have a great interest in the layout of the site," Coe said. "We will make sure there's zero waste of the land field in the Olympic Games."

Coe said that the Olympics, like the Expo, is an event that can change the landscape of a city.

Coe said he is taking close note of traffic and the care of crowds inside the Expo site. London will also have to handle huge visitor turnout during the Olympic Games, he said.

Coe visited the UK Pavilion in Pudong area and the London Pavilion, which features a model of the 2012 London Olympic Park at the Urban Best Practices Area.

Coe said a "low carbon Olympics" is a goal that the committee is pursuing. "We'd like to make the London Olympic the greenest games ever," he said.

Although Britain's new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government has announced a budget cut for the Olympics, Coe said it has no effect on him and his organizational team.

The overall budget has already spiralled from an initial estimate of 2.4 billion pounds (US$3.5 billion) to about 9.3 billion pounds.

The construction of the stadiums and other infrastructure is well on schedule, Coe said.


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