Friday, July 6, 2007

2012 Summer Olympics bids

Paris 2012 bid logo on the front of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris

The 2012 Summer Olympics bids comprised bids by nine cities to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee shortlisted five of them — London, Madrid, Moscow, New York City, and Paris — and London eventually prevailed, becoming the first city to host the Olympic Games three times. The bidding process for the 2012 Olympics was considered one of the most hotly contested in the history of the IOC. Paris was seen as the front-runner for most of the campaign, but last-minute lobbying by London's supporters was one factor that led to the success of its bid. Madrid was regarded as one of the favourites, but the city did not receive enough votes to surpass Paris and London. After a technical evaluation of the nine original bids, the top five were shortlisted on May 18, 2004, becoming official candidates. The remaining applicant cities — Havana, Istanbul, Leipzig and Rio de Janeiro — were eliminated. On July 6, 2005, in a four-round voting of the IOC (gathered at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore), Moscow, New York City, and Madrid were eliminated in the first three rounds. By a margin of four votes over Paris, London won the final round and secured the right to host the 2012 Olympics

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