DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Sebastian Coe has assured international Olympic officials that traffic will run smoothly in London during the 2012 Games, denying the city will face "chaos" and gridlock.
Coe, who leads the local organizing committee, says London's international image and reputation would be severely damaged if the city fails to keep transportation moving during the games.
He says "we've never been naive and coy about the challenges. Any discussion about chaos or closing down London for 100 days around the games is just frankly wide of the mark."
Coe delivered an update Thursday to the International Olympic Committee on the second day of its four-day assembly in Durban, South Africa.