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Jul 6th, 2005, 04:32 PM
London Lands 2012 Olympics; New York's Bid Falls Short
Paris Finishes as Runner Up for Summer Games
By STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports

SINGAPORE (July 6) - London was awarded the 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, upsetting European rival Paris in the final round of voting to take the games back to the British capital for the first time since 1948.



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Crowds in London's Trafalgar Square celebrate after hearing the British capital will host the 2012 Summer Olympics.


After Moscow, New York and Madrid were eliminated in the first three rounds, London overcame its cross-Channel opponent 54-50 on the fourth ballot of the International Olympic Committee vote - capping the most glamorous and hotly contested bid race in Olympic history.

Paris had been the front-runner throughout the campaign, but London picked up momentum in the late stages with strong support from Prime Minister Tony Blair.

"Many people do reckon that London is the greatest city in the whole world at the moment," an exultant Blair said after hearing the result in Gleneagles, Scotland, where he is hosting the G-8 summit.


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Blair, who spent two days lobbying in Singapore this week, said he "couldn't bear to watch" the vote on TV and only heard the result when he received a call from the switchboard at his Downing Street office in London.

"This is a momentous day for London," he said.

London's victory handed Paris a third stinging Olympic defeat in 20 years, following failed bids for the 1992 and 2008 Olympics. Paris hasn't hosted the games since 1924.

"I'll put all my energy into our recovery, so that we know how to make something big and positive out of this ordeal," Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said.

IOC president Jacques Rogge opened a sealed envelope and declared the result in a live televised ceremony: "The International Olympic Committee has the honor of announcing that the Games of the 30th Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the city of London."

The tan-suited London delegates in the convention hall leaped out of their seats, arms raised in jubilation and cheering wildly.


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In London, crowds cheered and waved flags as they watched the announcement from Singapore on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square, and in the east London area where the main Olympic complex will be based.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic, we have the opportunity to do what we always dreamed about, getting more young people into sport," London bid leader Sebastian Coe said. "This is our moment. It's massive. It's huge. This is the biggest prize in sport."

Even England soccer captain David Beckham got into the act.

"In 2012, I can take my children to an Olympics which we might never had had the chance to do," he said. "This is such a huge lift for our country."

Rogge expressed delight with London's victory.

"We are very, very pleased with the victory of London," he said. "People we trust, people we know will give us a superb games."

Rogge, a former Olympic sailor, recalled meeting Coe for the first time in the athletes' village in Moscow in 1980. That's where Coe won his first gold medal.

"We couldn't have dreamed at the time that we would, 25 years later, be signing the host city contract," Rogge said.


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Paris had the perceived advantage of bidding for a third time, especially since the IOC tends to reward persistence. The French capital also had a ready-to-go Olympic stadium in the Stade de France and embraced the IOC's blueprint for controlling the size and cost of the games.

But not even a personal appearance in Singapore by French President Jacques Chirac could secure victory.

The eliminations in the first three rounds came as no surprise. Moscow was always considered the longshot, with New York and Madrid outsiders. Moscow went out with 15 votes in the first round, New York dropped out next with 16, then Madrid with 31.

Despite being a favorite, Paris never led throughout the voting. The first round was tight, with London getting 22 votes, Paris 21, Madrid 20 and New York 19. Madrid took the lead in the second round with 32 votes, followed by London with 27 and Paris 25. London then picked up a big chunk of New York's votes to lead Paris 39-33 in the third round. With Madrid's votes split fairly evenly in the last round, London had enough to win.

Part of London's pitch was that it stepped in to help the Olympic movement by staging the games while Europe was still recovering from World War II.

But members said London also won favor because its bid offered a long-term legacy, and they cited Coe's charisma and passion and the appeal of his team's final presentation to the IOC.


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"Two different strategies - the French and the British," Dutch member Anton Geesink said. "The British, they explained their love of the sport. It is a love affair for Sebastian Coe, that was the difference. Love you can explain, but you can't sell it."

Senior Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper said London won because of the way it sold its message in the final hours.

"They delivered on the day," he said. "The presentation just had that little extra feel."

London centered its bid on the massive urban renewal of a dilapidated area of East London. It was the fourth bid from Britain after failed attempts by Birmingham for the 1992 Olympics and Manchester for 1996 and 2000.

London got off to a slow start but made big strides under Coe, who replaced American businesswoman Barbara Cassani as head of the bid in May 2004. Coe has said he will stay on to head the organizing committee for 2012.


07/06/05 09:44 EDT

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Derek.
Jul 6th, 2005, 04:34 PM
Wimbledon will be used!

aheee!!
Jul 6th, 2005, 04:36 PM
London is a strange pick for the olympics--the weather is usually rainy and unpredictable? Unless it's better later in the summer?

skanky~skanketta
Jul 6th, 2005, 04:38 PM
grass courts!shit!i wanted justine to repeat!

LindsayRocks89
Jul 6th, 2005, 05:19 PM
well i'm glad its in London since it wasn't gonna be new york :bounce:

:Rawwb:
Jul 6th, 2005, 05:28 PM
:woohoo: Go us

TF Chipmunk
Jul 6th, 2005, 06:02 PM
Congratulations London! They seemed like the best choice.

A terrible representation by New York of the United States. Yes, I am bitter that they beat out San Francisco because I think it's pretty clear that the only reason they won the bid was because of pity, which is NOT a good reason to give anyone an Olympic bid. San Francisco had everything planned out, whereas New York wasn't even SURE about some of their things yet. It really was a shame.

Nonetheless, congratulations London!

lindsayno1
Jul 6th, 2005, 06:03 PM
we already have a big thread on this!

hablo
Jul 6th, 2005, 06:06 PM
I would have prefered paris!!!! better transportation system. The tube sucks :mad: :p

although it rains alot in Paris, I think, just not as much as in London. :tape:

But I'm sure London will do a great job in organizing the game ;)

Jenny.C.Fan
Jul 6th, 2005, 07:44 PM
Its great the olympics being in london it will be like a wimbledon full of peoples sundays it will be fab :)

Caz
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:04 PM
Well, I never thought we would actually win, I think everyone was so sure it would be Paris! I'm so excited! I can't wait for the summer of 2012!!! :D :bounce: :bounce:

pcrtennis
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:21 PM
I'm so glad London got the olympics! I am glad that the French didn't get it, maybe this will shut Chirac up. Congrats Brits!

Also, New York's only argument for hosting the olympics was September 11. That gets really tiring....

volta
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:28 PM
Thank God itīs gonna be grass and not clay :woohoo: :devil:

Kabezya
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Congratulations London! They seemed like the best choice.

A terrible representation by New York of the United States. Yes, I am bitter that they beat out San Francisco because I think it's pretty clear that the only reason they won the bid was because of pity, which is NOT a good reason to give anyone an Olympic bid. San Francisco had everything planned out, whereas New York wasn't even SURE about some of their things yet. It really was a shame.

Nonetheless, congratulations London!

Totally agree on this. I was bitterly disappointed that San Francisco didn't get it and NY did. Congratulations to London - they did what they needed to do.

PointBlank
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:31 PM
Congrats to Maria, Venus, or Serena on a gold. If they are still around.

franny
Jul 6th, 2005, 10:09 PM
Lol, I doubt they'll still be playing. I guess Maria will, but not Venus and Serena. 2012 is 7 years away, Venus would be 32, Serena 31. I doubt they'd still be around since they started playing at like age 16 and 17.

Wannabeknowitall
Jul 6th, 2005, 10:20 PM
Lol, I doubt they'll still be playing. I guess Maria will, but not Venus and Serena. 2012 is 7 years away, Venus would be 32, Serena 31. I doubt they'd still be around since they started playing at like age 16 and 17.

I agree. Serena will be 30 at the time of the 2012 London Olympics though.
Depends what's going on with American tennis. If noone is coming up and there are spots up for grabs, I wouldn't mind a semi-retired player coming back to try for a Gold. Some players actually stay around a while just for the Olympics. Look at Lisa Raymond. She's having a horrible year even for her standards but she looks like she's going to give the 2008 Olympics a try.

This is a great for Elena Baltacha. She'll be 29 and maybe she could try for a bronze at those Olympics if she stays around.

-Sonic-
Jul 6th, 2005, 11:40 PM
I'm so excited :-D

I live close enough to go watch, and far away enough that i won't be disrupted. Plus it annoyed the girl who bosses me about at work. Bonus!

marion
Jul 6th, 2005, 11:46 PM
LONDON :fiery: :devil: :mad: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: bad bad bad choice

irishgirl
Jul 7th, 2005, 12:21 AM
Congrats to our neighbours!

SJW
Jul 7th, 2005, 12:27 AM
grass courts!shit!i wanted justine to repeat!

in 2012?

what's wrong with you? :p