July 6, 2005 at 1:16 pm #4322
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – London beat favourites Paris in a showdown for the right to host the 2012 Olympics after Moscow, New York and Madrid were eliminated in a nail-biting International Olympic Committee vote on Wednesday.
London, bidding for the first time to stage sport’s biggest event, started as outsiders but their strenuous and imaginative campaign carried them past a French bid which had long seemed destined for victory at Paris’s third attempt.
London staged the Games in 1908 and 1948 but were awarded them each time without bidding. The British capital becomes the first city to hold the Summer Olympics three times.
“It’s just the most fantastic opportunity to do everything we ever dreamed of in British sport. This was the most splendid team performance,” bid leader and former twice Olympic champion Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.
“We are taking home the biggest prize in sport.”
London today won the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games, beating the long-term favourites, Paris, at the finish line to secure one of sport’s greatest prizes.
The UK capital beat Paris in the fourth round of voting in Singapore after a secret electronic ballot of 115 members of the International Olympic Committee.
After opening the envelope, with tension high in the hall, Mr Rogge said: “The IOC has the honour of announcing the Games of the 30th Olympiad in 2012 will be in London.”
London – Crowds in London cheered and waved flags as they heard Wednesday that their city had beaten Paris to host the 2012 Olympics.
The announcement by the International Olympic Committee in Singapore was shown on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square in central London, and in the east London area where the Olympic village will rise.
Jets roared over the city trailing red, white and blue smoke – the colors of the British flag – to celebrate the win.
“This is a truly fantastic day for east and southeast London,” said Robin Wales, mayor of the east London borough of Newham, where much of the Olympics will be held. “It is a massive opportunity and also a big responsibility.”
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