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(ATR) U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton is heading to Singapore to be part of the final presentation for New York City's Olympic bid at the IOC Session on July 6. Her appearance would mark the first time she has appeared in a high-profile capacity on behalf of the bid.
Despite her absence from the New York bid, Clinton insists in a statement that she cares about the Games in New York City.
"The Olympics have long held a special place in my heart, and I have seen the power of the Games first-hand," she says.
Clinton did speak in 1996 in Olympia, Greece, at the flame lighting ceremony for the Atlanta Olympics on behalf of her husband, then President Bill Clinton. Daughter Chelsea traveled with her to Greece.
"I am honored that Senator Clinton will be joining us in Singapore to advocate for New York City?s bid to host the 2012 Olympics," says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement.
The New York City delegation to Singapore has come under comparison to the other 2012 bid cities for the failure to include a high-ranking representative of the U.S. government.
Heads of the national governments from all four of New York's rivals will go to Singapore.
Until Clinton's announcement, Roland Betts, a New York City businessman who is close friends with President Bush, was the only member of the delegation with significant ties to the White House besides Mayor Bloomberg.
No word yet on when Clinton will arrive in Singapore. On the scene coverage from the Singapore IOC Session continues through the week from www.aroundtherings.com.