July 3, 2012 -
The speedy biometrics processing conducted by the British Embassy in Zimbabwe to ensure that their athletes come to the UK smoothly and without issue impressed London-bound athletes, according to the Daily News.
Athletes, coaches and officials for both the Olympic and Paralympics Games are all subject to biometric processing. They had their fingerprints and electronic passports recorded at the British Embassy.
Deborah Bronnert, the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, stated that the process of gathering biometric data from participants to the Olympic Games is meant to ease congestion at entry and choke points of the event. Traffic in entry points will be mainly composed of athletes competing in the games, and officials, along with tourists that will cheer for their respective teams.
It is estimated that the population in London during the games will more than double. This brings to light several concerns such as the integrity of the security along with smooth entry for athletes arriving at several event locations scattered all over the city.
A faster and more convenient method of identifying participants from civilians will set a positive tone for the event. The Summer Olympics is set to commence on the last week of July and last up to the middle of August.