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F. Ingram (Royal Air Force) Brigadier L. F. E. E. (Army) Mr. E. A. Barker (Secretary to Committee and Technical Manager) The policy of the Organising Committee was to ask the National Governing Bodies, not only to act as technical advisers on every phase in the preparations, but to provide the necessary personnel for the actual competitions, apart from those officials nominated by the various International Federations themselves. All the National Governing Bodies responded immediately, despite the heavy burden involved, and most of them set up special Olympic sub-committees.
It was quite impossible to forecast accurately the probable number of spectators for this event as numbers depended directly upon the weather. Enclosure accommodation was arranged for 10,000 persons and estimates of the probable actual attendance over the entire course varied from 20,000 to 100,000. It is believed from reports received that between 10,000 and 12,000 actually watched the race in torrential rain. A feeding point for competitors was established and catering arrangements made for all officials.
Admit sixteen nations only to the tournament proper. This necessitated making arrangements for preliminary matches to be held as the number of competing nations was more than sixteen. C. A. that as these did not form part of the Olympic Games proper, they might be held outside London and before the Opening Ceremony. The draw for the eliminating rounds was held in Zurich on June 17th. At that date 23 teams had declared their intention of entering but only 18 actually played. This meant that matches on three of the grounds outside London that were to have been used were cancelled.