|Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a leading presenter for the NYC 2012 bid. (ATR)|| |
(ATR)New York City has stressed its international connections in a final presentation to the IOC Session in Singapore. A steady stream of videos with more than 100 different people and voices from around the world and the U.S. emphasized the theme.
Senior U.S.IOC member Anita DeFrantz was first, offering her welcome and was followed by a pantheon of people appearing live and on videotape that included athletes, politicians, entertainers and NYC 2012 founder Dan Doctoroff.
"We will give you all of our sprit. We will give you all our power. We will make all your Olympic dreams come true," said Doctoroff.
IOC member and volleyball Olympian Bob Ctvtlik described the overall bid and the Olympic Village, saying the rooms are some of the biggest ever offered to the athletes.
The job of explaining New York City's venues fell to Olympians Janet Evans and Bob Beamon and a series of videos with athletes from each sport filling in more details, inclduing Sugar Ray Leonard, Magic Johnson, Cheryl Haworth and Serena Williams.
Speaking live, 1964 Olympian Donna DeVarona covered the 7-year sports marketing program that New York plans to implement on behalf of the 28 Olympic sports to boost the development of each international federation.
Peter Ueberroth, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee told the IOC that the New York Olympics would improve the fortunes of every national Olympic Committee in the world. He says the record level of sponsorship the Games would generate will be felt by the NOCs.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton appeared by video to promote an international peace development program New York City will pursue if it gets the Games.
Current President George Bush, also speaking by video, promised the full support of the U.S. government to do what it takes to make the Olympics happen in New York City.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stressed the impact the Olympics would have on the city.
"Today you have the power to make the next era in New York City an Olympic era. We will turn abandioned land into pools parks and playgrounds."
Referring to the debacle of the Manhattan stadium plans last month, the mayor said the city has shown its ability to recover with an alternative plan that now has, he says, "has all the governemental and IOC approvals needed".
"We are going ahead and building this stadium. New Yorkers never give up. Not now, not ever. We are the partners you can depend on."
He called New York the safest big city in the U.S., saying "we will make sure you have a great time while you are feeling secure."
He mentioned the no-strike pledge of New York labor unions for Olympic work, the only one of the five bids with such a plege.
"Every venue will be completed on time and on budget," he said.
Closing the presentation were U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Dan Doctoroff, who launched the idea of a New York bid in 1994.
"After 11 years I can't describe how it feels to reach this moment," he said.
"Give is the chance and we will make you proud," he said.
|U.S. President Bush promised the full support of the government for a New York City Olympics.|| |
tion ended on video with a runner carrying an Olympic torch through the streets of the city, with hundreds of people joining the run, a lush, slow-paced orchestral version of the anthem "New York, New York" accompanying the video, which ends with a silhouette of the runner in front of the city's mot famous torch bearer, the Statute Of Liberty.
In question time following the presentation, New York was asked about the difference between a bid document and the actual plan to stage the Games and whether any more venue changes were planned. Doctoroff said no further changes were planned.
Sergei Bubka of Ukraine asked about the development of track and field in the U.S. Doctoroff said the Games would bring a new wave of interest and the first permament track in New York City certified by the IAAF.
A question was raised about whether athletes and officials from countries on the U.S. terrorist list will be allowed to travel to New York City.
Doctoroff responded by saying access to the U.S. for all athletes will not be in question.
Mayor Bloomberg replied to a question about seemingly low public support for the Games in New York City. He says low pollingnumbers reflect the controversy over now-abandoned plans for the Manhattan stadium and that New Yorkers have rallied through the years to build major projects in the city that were not necessarily popular at the start. On the scene coverage from Singapore of the IOC vote for a host of the 2012 Olympics throughout the day from www.aroudtherings.com.