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Indebted African Village at Olympics shuts 10 August 2012

The Africa Olympic Village has been forced to close amid reports of outstanding debts.

The hospitality centre, located in Kensington Gardens in west London, had hosted music and dance events, while African medallists also made appearances at the village to celebrate their victories.

According to reports, the venue was shut on Wednesday (8 August) because of mounting debts owed to suppliers.

In a statement from London & Partners, which promotes tourism and business in the City, a spokesperson cited “logistical problems”.

“As the City’s official tourism body and convention bureau we have been working closely with all the national olympic committees (NOC) coming into the city, which includes the African NOC behind Africa Village.

“Our work both before and during the games has been to ensure that all Olympic NOC houses are safe and enjoyable experiences for all visitors.”

It added: “Sadly, due to logistical problems Africa Village has had to close early. We have been working closely with all the teams involved and with the Royal Parks and we will continue to support and offer advice where we can.”

The Africa Village website also states that it is closed.



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