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  • London Aims for Best Olympics


    Jacqueline Barrett of the IOC receives the London bid book from 14-year old East Londoner Amber Charles and a BA flight attendant who accompanied Charles for the delivery to Lausanne. (London 2012) 
    (ATR) Londonâ??s international campaign for the 2012 Olympics has been launched with a pledge to make them the best-ever Games.

    "Our vision for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 is clear -- it is to create the best Games the world has ever seen,� says bid chair Sebastian Coe.

    Coe and other leaders of the London bid spoke at the press launch marking the public release of the bid book, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, who appeared in a video taped message.

    â??I strongly believe in Londonâ??s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic bid. Sport matters hugely to this country. And when that passion is combined with London's excellent technical and legacy plans, I know we would make a great Host City. The competition will be tough but the prize is certainly worth the effort,â? Blair said.

    The bid book will be available on line at the London 2012 website, with a link as well at

    Coe says the 2012 Olympics would generate a legacy that will serve the next generation â?? without extravagance.

    London has the most ambitious legacy plan of the five 2012 candidate cities, calling for an Olympic Village and Olympic Park in east London. The projects are supposed to drive economic development in the area.

    Coe says the bid book delivered this week to IOC headquarters in Switzerland contains several changes since its initial questionnaire was submitted 10 months ago. Venue changes have made the bid more compact and in keeping with IOC suggestions, he says.

    Londonâ??s bid launch wraps up a week of announcements for the 2012 candidates and the beginning of international promotion, now permitted, with plenty of limits, by the International Olympic Committee.

    More on the 2012 bids and the weekâ??s Olympic News, in the November 19 issue of Around the Rings, for subscribers only.

    A bonus with this weekâ??s issue: The Campaign for 2012, a special edition from Around the Rings.Com.

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