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    Awesome! I'm thrilled that London will be hosting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rt1ky
    I saw a report on CNN that Olympic host cities often end up in debt. I wonder if the temporary world exposure is worth it? Do Olympic cities remain tourist attractions, years later? Obviously the top five cities this year all have other tourist attractions going for them, but will the stadiums and facilities be used again.
    From what I understand/have read, this was one of the things going for the Paris bid and against the London bid. Paris had most of the facilities already built, including the main stadium that would be used for track & field as well as the opening/closing ceremonies. London, on the other hand, still has to build its main stadium.

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    Congratulations to London!
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    Real sense of euphoria in Britain over London's success. That will soon descend to cynicism and in fighting over finances, that's what we Brits do best!!
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    I was rooting for Paris. The winter olympics are coming to Vancouver in 2010, but I voted against it, because it just means more and more people moving here.

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    French blame Chirac for loss

    Paris - Former National Assembly Foreign Affairs Commission chairperson Francois Loncle has laid the blame of losing the 2012 Olympic bid to London firmly at the feet of President Jacques Chirac.

    London beat favourite Paris by just four votes in the race to host the 2012 summer Olympics following the earlier elimination of Moscow, New York and Madrid during a series of votes in Singapore on Wednesday.

    "You can't take president Chirac out nowadays," the Socialist MP said. "The bad image he has in the world handicapped the Paris bid."

    He claimed members of the Paris bid had been worried about Chirac going to Singapore for the International Olympic Committee vote, even if they would not admit it.

    But other French political leaders and the media have accused the British of not playing by the rules in London's stunning 2012 Olympic triumph, without actually accusing them of cheating.

    "I think they crossed the yellow line several times," Paris deputy mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Thursday.

    "Cheating. That's probably too strong a word. We need to check it out. Cheating would involve cash, some way of buying IOC members. I'm not going to get into that because I don't know."

    Poor loser

    But she denied Paris was a poor loser.

    Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe put his finger on London's winning tactics when he said: "I am not quite sure that we took part with the same tools and spirit.

    "On Tuesday, as I was going back to my hotel room to go to bed, I saw people coming out from successive meetings with Tony Blair and Sebastian Coe.

    "I had not understood that that was the way we should have proceeded."

    He added: "I thought that we just needed to provide the best possible bid with the best possible Olympic spirit. And I think this is what most of the IOC members thought about Paris."

    Sports' daily L'Equipe accused London of using tactics which stretched the rules while Le Parisien said the French were too fair-play.

    "Bertrand Delanoe and the Paris team wanted to be irreproachable and they paid the price in the end," the daily said.

    The paper also accused Madrid of turning its back on Paris when it went out in the third round of voting, as Paris had few friends in eastern Europe which now sided with Britain on international matters.
    News 24

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    Paris Rules Out 2016 Bid

    PARIS - The mayor of Paris on Tuesday ruled out a bid by the French capital for the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Paris "will not be a candidate for the 2016 Games, and if I can support a South American or an African bid, I will do it gladly," Bertrand Delanoe told radio network Europe 1.

    Delanoe also reiterated his accusation that London had failed to play by the IOC's rules in winning the right to host the 2012 Games.

    "I said yesterday that the rules set by the IOC for the dossiers and the promotion conditions of the candidature were not respected by London," Delanoe said. "I continue to maintain that.

    "And I note that the athletes are saying the same as I."

    IOC president Jacques Rogge said Saturday that none of the cities had broken rules designed to stamp out corruption in the bidding process, but he added: "Sometimes they were close to the limits."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050712/..._2016_olympics

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