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This is an archived article published in May 2004 Updated article
Five cities chosen to compete
for the 2012 Summer Olympics

By Graham Cunningham, Sports Editor

On 18 May 2004, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) accepted Paris, New York, Moscow, London, and Madrid as candidate cities to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The decision was made following discussions that led to a unanimous consensus. The cities were accepted from a total of nine applicant cities, which also included Leipzig, Istanbul, Havana and Rio de Janeiro.

The candidate cities were selected after a study of their application submitted on 15 January 2004. The study was made by a working group comprising Olympic Games experts who made a technical assessment of each applicant city's ability to stage successful Olympic Games in 2012. The technical assessment was based on 25 questions, which included points such as government support and public opinion, general infrastructure, sports venues, Olympic village, environmental conditions and impact, accommodation, transport, security and experience from past sporting events.

While the selection of Paris, New York and London as candidate cities was generally anticipated, the decision by the IOC to include Madrid and, even more so, Moscow caused some surprise among the international Olympic community. In City Mayors' international poll Rio de Janeiro was the world's second most popular city after New York. Supporters of the Brazilian city from all parts of the world must be bitterly disappointed that a South American city was once again denied an opportunity to show how it would host the world's greatest international sporting event. City Mayors believes Rio de Janeiro should have been allowed to proceed to the second round. The chances of Leipzig, Istanbul and Havana to be selected as candidate cities were never rated highly despite strong local and national support for all three cities.

The five candidate cities now have until 15 November 2004 to submit their candidature file to the IOC. Candidate cities will benefit from a detailed observer programme throughout the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The candidature files will be analysed in detail by an IOC Evaluation Commission, which will also visit the candidate cities, before issuing a report one month prior to the election. The final decision on the host city for the 2012 Olympic Games will be made by the full IOC membership during the 117th IOC session in Singapore in July 2005.

Computer-generated image of the Olympic Aquatic Centre in East London

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