London And Paris Tie In 2012 Bid
Reports say that London is neck and neck with Paris in the bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games after receiving a massive boost from the Athens Games.
Observers are now naming London joint favourite after three weeks of intensive lobbying in Athens.
A veteran Olympics observer said, “it’s clear that London has done a very good job out here. I wouldn’t say it is favourite but it has caught up with Paris very effectively”.
London 2012, concerned about the empty seats at the Athens Games, will tell the International Olympic Committee (IOC) a huge effort will be made to fill all the seats if London hosts the Games. Mike Lee, communications director of London 2012 said, “there is no doubting the British passion for sport and we will emphasize this very heavily”.
Reports say that London’s bid team will play up its international reputation as a city for the young, because Athens failed to produce an electric party atmosphere after being so focused on the last minute rush and was unable to plan cultural events.
Lee said, ”because our venues will be finished in plenty of time, we will be able to put a lot of effort into a cultural program”.
Sports Minister Richard Caborn said London had narrowed the gap with Paris but must keep up the pressure.
He said, “it is a marathon, not a sprint, and I am fairly confident now we will have a very good chance of persuading the IOC to award London with the 2012 Games”. Write or read comments about this article
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