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But, for now, it's the outlying areas of London such as Hackney that are suffering.
Amid the tourist haunts of historic central London, only the rock music pumping from the speaker system drowned out the polite applause of spectators at a temporary beach volleyball court made up of 2,274 tons of imported sand.
About half the seats at the sold-out event went unfilled. And because of worries that night would bring renewed violence, officials wrapped up the opening day almost three hours early so fans, staff and volunteers could get home before dark.
FIVB Beach Volleyball Director Angelo Squeo, who was on site during the Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Games, said he consulted with high-ranking London Olympic organizers and police before making the decision.
"I will do whatever in order to not put in danger -- not even risk putting in danger -- anybody here," Squeo told The Associated Press. "In Atlanta, we had the bomb and I was left with 11,000 people outside the venue and I did not know if I had the green light or red light."
Brittany Hochevar hopes to qualify for the U.S. volleyball team and return next year for the Olympics. Her sport will be played on a site that hosted jousting tournaments during the reign of Henry VIII.
"When you're a competitor and you're a warrior, when you know that competitions have taken place here for generations and generations, it gives me goose bumps -- it really does," Hochevar told the AP. "I said my prayers last night. Now, I have a vision of what it could be like getting back here in 2012 in all its glory."
But is she concerned for her safety?
"Not really, I live in L.A.," Hochevar said. "It's nothing I haven't seen myself."
Other scheduled test events this week include a cycling road race that will go through the streets of London on Sunday and a marathon swimming competition at Hyde Park on Saturday. The world badminton championship are taking place at the Olympic venue of Wembley Arena in north London.
"I don't feel I know enough about the riots and how close they are to us," said Jens Grill, who is in charge of the British badminton team. "But last night we walked back together and the players walked back in groups just to be on the safe side."
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