(ATR) Cities reacting to the report of the IOC Evaluation Commission seem to be happy with the findings, given that laudatory comments rather than criticism seems to be rule in the much-awaited document.
"We are absolutely delighted by the IOC's Evaluation Commission report today. The report makes clear that this race is neck and neck and that New York is firmly in the top tier.
"The IOC Report has made crystal clear that we're in a great position to win in Singapore on July 6, so long as the stadium is approved," says New York City bid leader Dan Doctoroff.
NYC 2012 executive director Jay Kriegel said the panel's report erased lingering speculation that the New York bid might have a weak links that the evaluators would magnify, besides the stadium. 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.
The IOC report noted that approval of the stadium was still underway and that there were "no guarantees" the arena would be constructed. New York hopes to win approval today.
London 2012 chair Sebastian Coe calls the report "a great springboard for the last 30 days of the campaign."
"I am pleased that our new Olympic park seems to be offering something special for the future," he says about the report's comments that the East London project would provide help regenerate the area.
The 123-page IOC report contained few criticisms for any of the cities. Moscow was citied for a lack of detail that made evaluating the bid "difficult" while Madrid's only knock is the observation that some hotel rooms may be located a distance from the city.More reaction from the 2012 cities to the IOC report throughout the day at www.aroundtherings.com.