London 2012 took a step closer to completion after stadium plans for Olympic beach volleyball have been approved by Westminster City Council.

The 15,000-seater temporary stadium in Horse Guards Parade will feature two warm-up beach courts, along with six training courts in St James's Park.

It will also have lighting for evening competition and a video screen.

The application was submitted by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Horse Guards Parade is not new to hosting major events as it is the home of Trooping the Colour.

Conservative councillor Alastair Moss, planning committee member, told the BBC: "We're thrilled to be part of the Olympics and are proud to be able welcome so many of the world's top athletes.

"Westminster has a strong history of holding very successful major events and we will work hard to ensure this is another of them."

In total 96 athletes will compete in the men's and women's volleyball events at London 2012.

Beach volleyball made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games and has been a major success at previous Games.

Posted on 13/01/2011