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  • IOC Okays Five 2012 Bids for July 6 Vote


    (ATR) The IOC Executive Board has certified a list of all five 2012 cities for tomorrow's election at the Session in Singapore. The list, issued without comment, confirms the IOC's acceptance of alternative plans for New York City's Olympic Stadium.

    The approval came after consulting with Nawal El Moutawakel, the chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2012 Olympics. She led an inspection team to the five bid cities from February through March.

    The approval of New York City removes any last-minute doubts about the worthiness of the U.S. bid for IOC consideration. New York City organizers had to scramble last month to come up with a new plan for a 2012 stadium after state legislators rejected the bid book proposal for one in midtown Manhattan.

    IOC approval of the revised NYC bid was made more certain in the past two weeks with both FIFA and the IAAF signing-off on the venue change.

    The approval of a final list of candidates is usually a routine exercise by the EB, which does have the p
    IOC Evaluation Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel in New York in February. (ATR) 
    ower to reject any candidates deemed unsuitable for the IOC vote.

    Up to 98 members of the 114 expected for the Session will be eligible to vote in the first round of Wednesdays at the Raffles City Convention Center.

    Final presentations from the five cities begin at 0900. The actual vote is scheduled for 1745 to 1830 with the announcement via a live TV signal airing worldwide at 1930.

    On the scene coverage of the IOC Session in Singapore continues throughout the week at