Sydney 2000 was the perfect Olympic event. Hugely exciting, well-run and competitive, the Kylie Games boosted Sydney’s reputation as a beautiful, sunny and hospitable resort.
So far nine cities have put themselves in the running for the 2012 Summer Olympics. International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge, may see London as the frontrunner, but there are several serious rivals in the ring.
Moscow’s bid is an outsider despite a proven track record and the full backing of President Putin. The 1980 Moscow Olympics were marred by a US boycott and the imprisonment of thousands of dissidents before the Games. Russian officials are hoping the IOC might see 2012 as a chance to erase these painful memories. Russia's bid is now rapidly dropping down the field after a muted visit by the International Olympic Committee and renewed fears over Chechen terrorism. In particular, American competitors have voiced an unwillingness to put themselves in danger by traveling to Moscow.
Madrid’s well organised bid had huge support, and was the front-runner for months. The IOC had pledged that the proximity to Barcelona 1992 will not damage their chances. However Madrid's Bid has been seriously damaged by the racist taunting of English players during a football friendly and accusations of endemic racism, while unfair, have seen the odds against Madrid's bid lengthen considerably.
A Long Shot
Many commentators saw New York as the sentimental choice in the wake of September 11. The spectacular bid features a huge development of sports facilities and transport links around Manhattan.
Ahead of the field
London is no longer bookies favourite as Paris have surged to become odds-on for the Games. Our bid is coherent and well planned but lacks the flair or massive popularity of the French plan.
2012 London Olympics
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