International Olympic Committee (IOC) President was greeted by Sebastian Coe and Sir Craig Reedie as he arrived in London for the start of the Olympics in exactly a week's time as excitment begins to mount, especially with the arrivial of the Olympic Torch in the capital.

Rogge is due to chair the IOC Executive Board meeting tomorrow and the 124th IOC Session from next Tuesday (July 24) until Thursday (July 26).

"I can't wait for the Opening Ceremony," he said.

"I expect the maximum from London.

"There have been a few challenges during preparations for the Games, but they have been dealt with quickly and efficiently and all our bases are now covered. It has made me optimistic that London 2012 will be great Games."

These will be the last Olympic Games of Rogge's 12-year term in office, which began in 2001 and comes to a close at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013.

By Duncan Mackay at the Main Press Centre on the Olympic Park in London