ISLAMABAD - British High Commission in Pakistan organised a simple but an impressive ceremony at British Club on Wednesday to start the one-year countdown for London Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Deputy British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Peter Tibber, Pakistan Olympics Association President, Gen (retd) Arif Hassan, Vice President Pakistan Paralympics Committee Parveen Agha, Associate Secretary Pakistan Olympics Association Veena Masud and Naseem Hameed South Asia's fastest athlete along with other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. Peter Tibber in his address said: Today we are marking the one year left count down for the 2012 London Olympic Games and all eyes of the world would be on us and we are feeling very excited here in Pakistan by hosting two sporting events, Islamabad and Karachi, to mark the beginning of this countdown. Raja Asif, former Davis Cupper and Sarah Mehboob represented Pakistan in mixed doubles tennis exhibition match here against two British Embassy staff members, and in Karachi at the same time Jehangir Khan, worlds best squash player, along with hundreds of various schools boys and girls, who are the part of British Councils International Inspirations Programme, also joined for an evening to mark the worlds big sporting event. Peter further said: Today we are sending message to the world that in Great Britain we will be looking forward with 365 days to go and we are ready to welcome all at London and everyone is invited to join us there. Martin Fryer, Director Programmes, British Council said, hosting the Olympics in 2012, a dream come true for the young generation in London, and British Council is proud to be working with teachers and students across Pakistan in the 2012 Inspiration programme to promote physical education, sports and play, one of the legacy programmes of London Olympics. Gen (retd) Arif Hassan, President Pakistan Olympics Association said: Pakistan feel very proud to be taking part in the 2012 London Olympics as our hockey team has already been qualified for the Olympics and I hope we will also get two to three wild card entries to contest in other events and negotiations are underway to double journalists quota which that is presently five, he added. The Deputy High Commissioner also presented prizes to the British High Commission Online quiz winners. In all five winners were selected from more than 200 entries, each winning official London 2012 merchandise. Committees to organize even more sporting events to help bring the 2012 London Games to the people of Pakistan, he said. Replying to a query regarding visa issues, the Deputy High Commissioner said: 'To their convenience people must apply three months earlier for the visa and our able staff will dispose off all the applications in no time to witness one of the greatest Olympics of all times. Great Britain is the first country to hold Olympics three times, 1908, 1948 and now in 2012, nearly four billion people will watch 2012 London Games opening ceremony. The London Games will feature 26 sports, with 39 disciplines, their will be 20 sports in the Paralympic programme. Already 3.5 million tickets have been sold around the globe. MOHSIN ALI