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Edward.
Jan 17th, 2005, 05:30 PM
www.reuters.co.uk

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has been chosen to become an ambassador for the Moscow bid to host the 2012 Olympics, city officials said on Monday.

"For Moscow to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games would be a dream for me and millions of other Russians," the Siberian-born teenager was quoted as saying by the Moscow bid committee.

"I am looking forward to helping explain why Moscow should host the Games," added the Florida-based Russian.

"Russia has a very strong history of sports and having the Olympic Games in Moscow in 2012 would be a new and brilliant chapter in that history."

The Russian capital, which hosted the boycott-affected 1980 Summer Games, is competing against Paris, London, Madrid and New York for the right to stage sport's biggest event.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the winning city in July.

The 17-year-old Sharapova made headlines in 2004 when, as a 13th-seeded outsider, she won Wimbledon, beating Serena Williams in the final.

"We are delighted that Maria Sharapova, a bright young sports star, has agreed to be an international ambassador for our bid," Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said in a statement.

"She is an example of the finest Russia has to offer the world, and she is the perfect symbol for Moscow's bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

Sharapova is seeded four at the Australian Open which began on Monday.

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Nice to see Maria showing loyalty towards her home country. This is a nice way of proving the doubters wrong.

If she can keep the Olympic games out of London, all the better.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 17th, 2005, 05:40 PM
I read that at the TP.... and I'll say the same thing.... GREAT NEWS! crappy writter....

Frank
Jan 17th, 2005, 06:26 PM
That's great. Let's hope she'll show her "Russianness" even more by playing the Kremlin Cup this year.

Andy Mac
Jan 17th, 2005, 09:16 PM
goo masha....wow...shes an ambassador now! woah!

Dan23
Jan 17th, 2005, 10:37 PM
Thats good news, im sure the Moscow Olympic people are happy to have her on board :)

mashenka best 1
Jan 17th, 2005, 11:01 PM
"If she can keep the Olympic games out of London, all the better."

No no.. our Ken Livingstone has already done his part ...

Masha is positive force.... not negative !! :)

ginger_fish668
Jan 18th, 2005, 03:56 AM
Although I'm happy for Masha, I'm worried about the hate that Masha would get again for being picked (instead of Myskina, LenaD)....

Shoulderpova
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:42 AM
Go Masha :)

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 18th, 2005, 05:02 AM
That's great. Let's hope she'll show her "Russianness" even more by playing the Kremlin Cup this year.

That would be nice... but it would be cool to stay with the traditon of the good old japan open...

Frank
Jan 18th, 2005, 11:38 AM
That would be nice... but it would be cool to stay with the traditon of the good old japan open... Why?

Szymanowski
Jan 18th, 2005, 12:01 PM
That would be nice... but it would be cool to stay with the traditon of the good old japan open...
i agree, fans at tournaments like to see the same players showing loyalties to places where they've played well + left their mark. Eg. At the eastbourne tournament near where I live, people have become fans of Chanda Rubin, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Daniela Hantuchova all because they have seen or even met them at eastbourne. It helps spread recognition of tennis around the world, to have top ranked players playing at smaller tournaments.

I'd actually quite like to have the olympics in London so I'm not all that happy about this, but ever mind, good to see her showing some loyalty :)

Maria Croft
Jan 18th, 2005, 01:56 PM
Maria just keeps surprising me !!

Josh B.
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:18 PM
"If she can keep the Olympic games out of London, all the better."



Hey!!

Why???

London would be a great place to host the olympics.

ACTUALLY, DONT YOU MEAN BRITAIN???????????

Edward.
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:27 PM
I said that.

And I mean it.

This country cannot handle a big event like the Olympics. They can't even get the fucking trains or buses to run on time.

Josh B.
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:31 PM
I said that.

And I mean it.

This country cannot handle a big event like the Olympics. They can't even get the fucking trains or buses to run on time.

buses and trains here are apparently the worst in Europe!

But the commonwealth Games in Manchester was very good!

Its our government, its pretty fucked up at the minute!

Edward.
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:34 PM
So...no Olympic games here.

Josh B.
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:37 PM
yer, u have a point there!

Have you heard of Grimsby Eddy?

Cos apparantly it is known as chav town!

(im not saying your a chav mate, just wondering if you have heard that)

Edward.
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:40 PM
I have heard of Grimsby.

I did not know it was a Chav town because I do not live there.

And you are off topic and flooding the forum again and that makes me angry.

Josh B.
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:42 PM
I have heard of Grimsby.

I did not know it was a Chav town because I do not live there.

And you are off topic and flooding the forum again and that makes me angry.

Sorry mate!

the cat
Jan 18th, 2005, 07:03 PM
I am pleased Masha is an abassodor to help Moscow get the 2012 Olym;oc games. :) But I do wonder why Masha was chosen to do this because she avoids playing the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. I mean how can Masha explain why Moscow should be the choice instead of Paris of New York City when she doesn't even visit Moscow let along play there. :confused: I wonder how Moscow born and bread loyalists Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva are handling this news. It must be hard for them to swallow. :eek: But I hope this is a sign that Maria will be playing Moscow in the future starting in 2005. :)

Edward.
Jan 18th, 2005, 08:04 PM
I read somewhere, not so long ago, that Masha has confirmed her entry into the 2005 Kremlin Cup.

Frank
Jan 18th, 2005, 08:06 PM
I read somewhere, not so long ago, that Masha has confirmed her entry into the 2005 Kremlin Cup. That is correct.

Josh B.
Jan 18th, 2005, 08:11 PM
I am also glad to here that Maria is an Ambassodor.

Go Masha

Andy Mac
Jan 18th, 2005, 09:03 PM
ahahau say sorry to the ed for flooding then u do it agian! haha

Josh B.
Jan 18th, 2005, 09:17 PM
I cannot help it, i must apologise but flood at the same time!

:tape: SHIT. DID IT AGAIN :tape:

faust
Jan 19th, 2005, 05:13 AM
maria has so much exposure to anything like modelling etc. and now being an ambassador at 17... great choice.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 21st, 2005, 01:38 AM
eh?

Lemonskin.
Jan 29th, 2005, 04:47 AM
If THAT doesn't piss the other Russian off, nothing will :p

But she IS top Russian now, so...