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  • NYC 2012: "Spectacular Report"


    06/06/05

    NYC 2012 bid leader Dan Doctoroff.(ATR) 
    (ATR) Overlooking the absence of an Olympic Stadium, New York City 2012 bid chief Dan Doctoroff tells Around the Rings the IOC Evaluation Commission analysis of the New York bid is "a spectacular report" and that he "could not be more pleased."

    Doctoroff admits the report clearly states that NYC2012 still remains lacking in terms of its guarantee of an Olympic Stadium, but that no one was expecting the panel to overlook that important factor. The stadium's fate might be known later today when a pivotal New York state legislative panel votes to allocate required state funds that would permit the west side Manhattan project to go forward.

    "Category by category, there were no major negatives identified," Doctoroff said. "Other than the (lack of) Olympic Stadium."

    NYC2012 executive director Jay Kriegel said the panel's report erased lingering speculation that the New York bid might have a few other weak links that the evaluators would magnify. None was mentioned, he said.

    "The things people have speculated about as concerns -- budget, transport, financial guarantees -- all were very positive (in the report)," Kriegel said.

    Doctoroff was asked what the report means in terms of an IOC member reading it in its entirety and having to cast a vote on July 6 in Singapore.

    "Clearly, there are cities in the top tier," he said, not naming them. "I think the decision will ultimately be made based on other (non-technical) factors, which is what we have been saying all along. It will ultimately be a decision about what city people think will provide the best overall experience."

    While New York?s contentious stadium debate might have been less relevant in the minds IOC voters in the past, it will grow in importance in the final weeks of the campaign.

    "Clearly many do (worry about the stadium), some less so," Doctoroff says.

    "But the important thing is, with the release of this report and the intensification of the
    Approval of plans for a new stadium in Manhattan may come today. 
    campaign in the next 30 days, you cannot have a glaring weakness with your most important venue and expect to triumph. Some are paying attention, some are not.

    "It is pointless to speculate right now, but if we don't have (a stadium plan approved), we have got a significant issue."

    Apart from facility issues, New York?s bid stands out financially in the IOC report, as only 29% of its projected organizing committee budget of $3 billion relies on revenue from the IOC and its worldwide sponsors, compared to nearly 34% for Paris and 36% for London. New York also projects the highest total revenue from non-IOC/TOP sources, $1.8 billion.

    New York scored at the bottom of an IOC survey of public opinion in the bid cities, with 59% support, based on a survey done in December.

    Your best source of news about the 2012 campaign with first-hand reaction from the bid cities to the IOC Evaluation Commission report is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.