January 16, 2004

Paris and London yesterday lit the torch of their Olympic ambitions as they unveiled the plans they hope will win them the right to stage the 2012 Games. Advertisement The UK and French capitals are among nine cities participating in the most competitive bidding process in the history of the games, a contest that will culminate in the election of the host at a meeting of the International Olympic committee in Singapore in July 2005. The other applicants, all of which have submitted an early draft of plans to the IOC this week, are Moscow, New York, Havana, Madrid, Leipzig, Rio de Janeiro and Istanbul.

posted by Ufez Jones to other at 10:51 PM - 5 comments

Havana, yeah that's gonna happen. I can just see all the American atheletes defecting to Castro.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:52 PM on January 16

But out of the choices, I like Madrid (esp. for the Green aspect) and Rio. The opening ceremony could have some fucking flavor for a change.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:57 PM on January 16

I wonder if America's foreign policy might shaft the New York (and possibly London) bids?

posted by salmacis at 04:59 AM on January 17

Sign you've been spending too much time on the Web: Reading the headline of this link and being astounded, for a moment, that Paris Hilton has Olympic ambitions.

posted by rcade at 08:54 AM on January 18

Paris is front-runner - beach volleyball underneath the eiffel tower sounds fabulous, but I'd love to see somewhere like Istanbul get the games. I don't think London or New York will get it because of potential transportation problems.

posted by BigCalm at 05:20 AM on January 19

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