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  • NYC Surges in Olympics Power Index


    The Around the Rings Olympics Bids Power Index for June 19, 2005. For more, see Decision 2005, a Special Edition preview of the Singapore IOC Session. Now on line at  
    (ATR) From a near-death experience earlier this month, New York City's bid for the 2012 Olympics has surged into third place in the latest Around the Rings Olympics Bid Power Index, but frontrunners Paris and London also picked up points.

    The index is the only ranking of Olympic bid cities based on inspections by the IOC and Around the Rings, bid books and bid strategies. Cities have been rated in 11 key categories, each scored on a scale of one to ten. The last ranking was published May 9.

    Paris still has the top score, rising three points to 89, followed by London at 87, up two points, with New York surging in the Power Index to 83, a dramatic rise of six points in the three weeks since the last ranking.

    Here's a city-by-city breakdown:

    London (87; 85 prevous) -- Higher score in bid operations due to Prime Minister Tony Blair's increased involvement in the campaign and an uptick on security after a briefing for ATR by Scotland Yard on Olympic security plans. "London will not lose this bid over security," Metropolitan police chief Sir Ian Blair tells Around the Rings.

    Madrid (74; 75 previous) -- Concern about the supply of hotel rooms in Madrid in the IOC Evaluation Commisssion report leads to a drop of one point in Power Index for Madrid.

    Moscow (64; 66 previous) -- A two point drop for the Russian bid after complaints from the IOC Evaluation Commission that insufficient information was supplied by Moscow in accommodations and marketing.

    New York City (83, 77 previous) -- Solving the loss an Olympic Stadium in Manhattan with a plan for another in Queens in just days has rescued the bid and appears to make it st
    ronger. Some IOC members may think the new plan is a last-minute patch that won't hold up. ATR's Ppwer Index says the change means better scores in bid operation, cost, public support, security and venue plans.

    Paris (89, 86 previous) -- The IOC labeled "excellent" the accommodations plan for Paris, the only city to win that superlative, bumping up the Power Index for accommodation. The June 5 spectacle on the Champs Elysees demonstrated Paris's ability to stage mass promotions, a boost to the rating for bid operations and IOC praise for adhering to the recommendations of the Olympic Games Study Commission upped the Paris venue score.

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