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  • Olympic Bidders Inspect Paralympics


    (ATR) Teams from the cities bidding for the 2012 Olympics will be in Athens this week for a close look at the realities of staging the Paralympics.

    From 2004 onward, the organizing committees of the Olympic Games will also have the job of staging the Paralympics two weeks later.

    New York City bid leader Dan Doctoroff tells Around the that his city is sending five or six observers to Athens and calls the program organized by the IOC ?extremely valuable to our planning?.

    The team from Paris 2012 in Athens includes sports minister Jean Francois Lamour, , Paris bid CEO Philippe Baudillon as well as deputy mayor of Paris Pénélope Komitès and state secretary Marie-Anne Montchamp, both of whom handle disability issues.

    London?s delegation includes the major personalities involved with the bid: bid ambassador Cherie Blair, culture secretary Tessa Jowell, sports minister Richard Caborn, bid chair Seb Coe and a group of technical observers led by bid sports director Deb Jevans.

    Traveling to Athens on behalf of Madrid 2012 is international relations liaison Allesandro Sansa, sports promotion director Miguel de la Villa and two architects who will be observing the venues for their adaptation to the needs of the Paralympics.

    The Olympic news of the week in the September 24 issue of Around the, for subscribers only.