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OLYMPIC GAMES: The embarrassment continues for the English as their electronic clock counting down the days to the London Olympics stopped this week in an embarrassing glitch less than a day after it was unveiled.

The steel clock, made by Omega in London’s Trafalgar Square, ground to a halt at 500 days, seven hours, six minutes and 56 seconds, then began counting the wrong way before a technician arrived to repair it.

An Omega spokesman said that “The Omega London 2012 countdown clock was developed by our experts and fully tested ahead of the launch in Trafalgar Square. We are currently looking into why this happened and expect to have the clock functioning as soon as possible.”

A spokesman for the London 2012 organisers joked: “Whilst the clock has stopped, and Omega is trying to sort it out, it does not give us additional time to stage the Games.”

Lets hope this problem is not indicative of recent problems in organising several major events including the 2010 World Cup and Delhi Commonwealth Games.