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Report: USOC Warns N.Y. May Lose 2012 Bid

NEW YORK - U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth warned the state's top lawmakers that New York will lose its chance to land the 2012 Summer Games if a plan for a Manhattan stadium is not approved, the Daily News reported Friday.

Ueberroth, the former chief executive of the 1984 Los Angeles Games, said in a letter to state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno that failure to approve the West Side stadium "would grievously damage New York's Olympic bid and America's Olympic movement."

"The (International Olympic Committee) has made it clear that without full approval of the proposed Olympic stadium before the IOC vote, New York's bid will not be successful," Ueberroth said in the May 5 letter, which was obtained by the News.

The stadium is a centerpiece of the city's bid to host the Olympics and has the backing of Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

New York, Madrid, Moscow, London and Paris are the Olympic finalists, with the IOC to vote for the host city July 6 in Singapore.

The stadium, which is also to be home of the
New York Jets football team, is a centerpiece of New York's bid and has the backing of Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But it is strongly opposed by some local groups.

A key vote on the stadium plan is set for next week. The state Public Authorities Control Board — which has three members, representing Pataki, Bruno and Silver — was to have voted on the proposal Wednesday. But it postponed the vote until next Wednesday instead when legislative leaders made it clear they weren't ready to commit $300 million to the project.

Ueberroth, a former baseball commissioner, wrote the letter in part because Silver and Bruno publicly questioned the need to approve the stadium before the IOC vote in July, said the News, citing an unidentified source.

The News said Silver and Bruno both denied accusations that they were endangering the city's bid.

"The IOC doesn't care if the stadium is in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island," Silver said. "I support the Olympics coming to New York City and would work to ensure all necessary venues and facilities for a fully successful Olympics are in place by 2012 if the city wins the bid."

Bruno's spokesman, John McArdle, said the Republican senator is committed to building "whatever we need" if New York wins the bid.

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Well it's already known either Paris, London or Madrid will get the games, and they deserve it.
What I don't like in the NYC bid, is that from the begining it seems like they never had a clear plan that everyone agrees on. From the stadium, and in yesterday's amNY there was an article about other projects that weren't approved yet.
It's like they had in mind one thing, and nothing else, they didn't make a plan B in case something doesn't work out

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City Presents Revised 2012 Bid To IOC Officials In Africa

June 17, 2005

New York City officials formally presented their revised bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics on Friday, in the hope that a new stadium in Queens will be the final piece to the Olympic puzzle.

City representatives made the presentation to International Olympic Committee members at a gathering of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa in Ghana.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg led the delegation, which included deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff and NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, the one-time New York Knick and New Jersey Net who runs a charity dedicated to helping African children.

The city had 10 minutes to show off the revised plans, which centered on a new Olympic Stadium in Flushing, Queens, in place of the originally-proposed stadium on Manhattan's far West Side. The mayor did not speak due to the time limit, but Doctoroff said they got the main message across.

"We showed that New York is a place that will welcome athletes, teams, and fans from Africa like no other city can," Doctoroff said.

Doctoroff says the presentation also played up the fact that the city was able to come up with an alternative site for the Olympic stadium in 72 hours.

Arrangements for the Queens stadium were rushed into place last week after a state board rejected funding for a stadium on Manhattan's West Side. The plan involves replacing Shea Stadium, the home of the New York Mets, with a new, privately-funded 45,000-seat stadium built on what is currently Shea Stadium's parking lot.

If the city wins the 2012 Summer Games, the new stadium would be constructed by 2009 and converted into an 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium after the 2011 baseball season. The Mets would play the 2012 season at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

The $600 million will be paid for by the Mets, with the city and state contributing another $108 million to convert the ballpark into an Olympic Stadium if New York City wins the Games. NYC2012 would contribute another $142 million.

New York will submit its final bid package to the IOC next week.

The International Olympic Committee will pick the 2012 host city on July 6th. Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow are the other cities in the running.

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I don't see anything wrong with area that is now proposed for it. Besides, the Mets need a new stadium, and this will be good for them as well as the olympics. Maybe it can extend to the Iron Triangle, located east of Shea Stadium, which has probably been an issue for a while on being redeveloped. Also, Queens is home to both LG/JFK Airports, so the athletes won't have to go far, especially since Hunters Pt, plans to have the Olympic Village.

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June 21, 2005

NYC brings in the Greatest

Ali to join U.S. delegation in Singapore for final vote

Muhammad Ali won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, and famously lit the torch in Atlanta in 1996.

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York has brought out its biggest hitter so far in the campaign for the 2012 Olympics.

Boxing great Muhammad Ali will be part of the U.S. delegation in Singapore when the International Olympic Committee picks the 2012 host city on July 6, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday.

The former world heavyweight champion won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Ali, 63, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, also provided one of the Olympics' most memorable moments when he lit the torch at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

"When I look back and remember my greatest, most exciting moments as a boxer, competing in New York and competing in the Olympics are at the top of that list," Ali said in a statement issued by the New York 2012 committee.

"To bring them together and hold the Games in New York City would be unforgettable for everyone involved, including myself," he said.

New York is competing against Paris, Madrid, London and Moscow.

London has already announced that England soccer captain David Beckham will be in Singapore. Madrid will have Real Madrid soccer star Raul, five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain and NBA player Pau Gasol.

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Olympic bidding fever is here in Singapore!

I took some pics of the venue and security in this thread

Hillary Clinton joins New York's Olympic bid

SINGAPORE - A day before the crucial vote, US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton joined the New York delegation here on Tuesday for a homestretch round of lobbying aimed at convincing the International Olympic Committee to award the city the 2012 Summer Games.

The former first lady was put to work immediately when she was led over to meet an IOC member even before her first bite of breakfast after a long flight.

'New York City exemplifies Olympic values every single day,' she said. 'Living in New York is like living in an Olympic Village - you have every language from every corner of the globe.'

She noted that the Summer Games have never been held in New York.

Senator Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential candidate, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican, deflected questions at a news conference about possible political ramifications of the senator's role in the bid campaign.

'This is not a political thing, it's a New York thing,' said Mayor Bloomberg, asserting that it was important to convince IOC delegates that the bid has bipartisan support.

New York has long been considered to be trailing Paris and London in the five-city race. -- AP

New York backers celebrate

By Cai Haoxiang

IT WAS party time at Empress Place for supporters of New York's 2012 Olympics bid yesterday.

'Happy 4th of July,' went the cheers.

Guests to the NYC2012 party were greeted cheerfully at the entrance to the IndoChine Waterfront by a perky Statue of Liberty look-alike, resplendent in green robes and crown.

Nearly 250 supporters had turned up at the restaurant for the Independence Day party.

They included a host of sports stars, prominent politicians and businessmen.

They waved tiny American flags, put on Statue of Liberty crowns and shook their bodies to the jazz and rock music performed by a live band.

'We are here in Singapore - another free country. Thank you for the hospitality,' said Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York.

'You made us all feel welcome.'

He and bid leader Dan Doctoroff were on stage to introduce a number of famous movers and shakers behind the New York bid to the guests.

Among them were New York Congressman Charles Rangel, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Richard Parsons, IOC member Anita DeFrantz and former US Secretary of State Dr Henry Kissinger, winner of the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize.

Thirty-eight Olympians and Paralympians young and old also received tokens of gratitude for supporting New York. They were presented a 'NYC2012' gold medal from Bloomberg amid thunderous applause.

Bloomberg was in high spirit as he told the guests: 'It's gonna be a great competition but let me tell ya...I couldn't feel more optimistic.'

And, as the band played a jazzy version of The Star-Spangled Banner, the night sky above the Singapore River was lit by a scintillating five-minute display of fireworks.

Beer, wine and good food flowed freely.

'I haven't slept for 20 hours, and I feel great,' said Sean McCabae, an event organiser for the NYC2012 team.

But not everyone celebrated the night away.

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, who is backing New York's bid, lounged indoors on a sofa in a corner.

'I still have to train tomorrow,' he lamented.
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I really hope NYC will get it, and I really hope it will not be Paris. It will be such a boost for NYC and since it is the most international city in the world it should host the games once...

Paris doesn't deserve, the french and parisians in particular are already arrogant enough...

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New York Olympics Bid Unleashes the Star Power

Published: July 5, 2005
SINGAPORE, Tuesday, July 5 - They have matched Olympic delegates beer for beer, downed Asian pizza, exploited their celebrity power and memorized unfamiliar faces from around the globe. Throughout the final 48 hours, New York's Olympic supporters were unable to slow down their frenetic push to bring the 2012 Games to the United States.

Through dinners, lunches and breakfasts; through late-afternoon tea and late-night bar sessions, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the city's huge Olympic contingent are trying to line up the 50-odd votes they will ultimately need to edge out Paris, London, Moscow and Madrid for an unexpected victory in the competition for the 2012 Olympics - a long-shot bid to which Mr. Bloomberg has already devoted enormous time and political capital despite overwhelming predictions he will leave here empty-handed.

The decision is in the hands of 115 voting members of the International Olympic Committee, who on Wednesday will begin the rounds of voting by secret ballot. The winner is expected to be announced at 7:30 p.m. in Singapore (7:30 a.m. Eastern time).

With that deadline near, the strategy of the New York team is clear: pair as many committee members as possible with the mayor and the international luminaries who surround him here in a political offensive aimed at winning enough votes to survive the first and second rounds of voting. The widespread feeling among bid officials from all five cities is that once the voting narrows the list to three cities, the later voting becomes a tossup.

The last day before the voting brought a new level of buzz, with New York welcoming Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to the delegation, with Paris and London officials trading barbs over the Stade de France and British food, and with a glitzy evening of entertainment that served as the ceremonial opening of the I.O.C. session.

Ms. Clinton, who arrived here early this morning to fanfare that rivaled that given to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain earlier in the week, made her first appearance only hours after stepping off a plane, sprinkling NYC2012's favored buzzwords "momentum" and "excitement" into her comments. She said Mayor Bloomberg had her greeting I.O.C. members before she had taken her first bite of breakfast.

"I intend to make the case to everyone I can in the next two days," Ms. Clinton said at an early-morning news briefing. "In fact, just this morning at breakfast, I made contact with people who I had met in Lillehammer, in Atlanta, in other settings around the world as I have traveled."

By all accounts, she had a dazzling impact on I.O.C. members all day.

NYC2012 staffers and supporters approached members and asked many if they would enjoy meeting Senator Clinton. The response was near-universal enthusiasm, which had people milling about the hotel lobbies talking about the New York bid far more than in previous days. Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff, New York's bid founder, seemed to be reveling in the new wave of attention.

Meanwhile, London and Paris found themselves embroiled in another spat. After two London architects criticized the Stade de France as a bad stadium for athletics, French officials declined to comment. But President Jacques Chirac of France was later heard disparaging British food and saying that Britain's only contribution to agriculture was mad cow disease.

In response, Mr. Blair said at a news conference: "I don't want to be tempted to go down that path. I'm not going to disparage anybody. I don't disrespect any of the cities that are bidding. Everyone is doing their level best."

The exchange was a slip in Paris's attempt to make no mistakes while protecting its role as a perceived favorite. Leaders of the Paris bid have spent these last days doing remarkably little overt lobbying, instead spending their time rehearsing their presentation. Mr. Chirac was making nowhere near the personal lobbying efforts of Mr. Blair or Ms. Clinton. Some French supporters were said to be complaining to the I.O.C. president, Dr. Jacques Rogge, that Mr. Blair's charm offensive was not in the spirit of I.O.C. rules. But Dr. Rogge dismissed the complaint saying his meetings were perfectly acceptable.

On Monday New York's team succeeded in seating Mr. Bloomberg and Henry A. Kissinger - along with Mr. Doctoroff and Representative Charles B. Rangel of Harlem - at a large table at the center of Prego, an Italian restaurant located just off the Raffles Hotel lobby.

Specialists hired by NYC2012 worked the lobby and restaurant looking for delegates from their designated areas - South America, Africa, Eastern Europe - and, after affectionate greetings, brought them over to Mr. Bloomberg's table.

On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Doctoroff shared beers in a hotel restaurant with committee members from Norway and Puerto Rico. Olympics officials said Senator Clinton had already asked them to reach out to 20 international delegates with whom she has personal connections.

On the surface, the city's last-ditch effort is a chaotic, food and drink-drenched schmoozathon that mostly takes place in a well-protected cluster of luxury hotels and restaurants in this wealthy island city-state. But it is also a carefully choreographed political offensive in which New York's organizers are most aggressively targeting those of the 115 voting members whom they believe they can win over with the right amount of charm, reason and promises.

"This is a political convention," said Roland Betts, the chairman of Chelsea Piers and a friend of President Bush's who is here helping the city. "As you would in any campaign, you carefully and systematically identify who you're going to talk to and who you're not going to talk to."

But with the outcome as unpredictable as the Iowa caucuses, the New York team, like those of the other cities vying against it, must navigate crosscurrents of competing interests and agendas to cobble together a coalition that will help it win out over the perceived front-runner, Paris. And they must do so under new rules that limit how much they can spend in wooing votes - rules that were imposed after the scandals that followed Salt Lake City's winning of the 2002 Winter Games.

Much like the caucuses, the I.O.C. voting comes in rounds, and members supporting the eliminated city jump to other cities as the process continues. New York City officials are open about their expectation that they will not win the most votes in the first round.

Officials familiar with the city's vote estimates say the most optimistic projection has New York winning 25 votes in the first round; the least optimistic put it closer to 18 or fewer. That is cold comfort when some believe Moscow - which conventional wisdom puts at the bottom of the list - can pull up to 15 votes from friendly members who do not want to see it lose in the first round.

Then again, longtime Olympics officials warn that such vote counts can be misleading; the secret ballot means there is no assurance that members are not promising to vote for more than one city. When Sydney won the 2000 Summer Games, it did so with far fewer votes than it thought it was promised.

New York hopes to survive to the second round and then pick off committee members who had supported the losing cities, round by round.

"What you really hope," the mayor said, "is if their countries don't get it, that they will turn to New York and say, 'Well, if we can't have it, we think the best place for the Olympic Games would be there.' "

But officials say they are also pursuing a divide-and-conquer strategy that plays upon members' specific interests, hoping to persuade European delegates that a vote for Paris or London would diminish the chance of a 2016 Olympics returning to Europe.

(New York City is not working in a vacuum, and some bid officials were becoming increasingly concerned Monday that the Europeans were also arguing that New York City will be all the more ready in 2016.)

But only about half the 115 members are from Europe, and New York organizers are also aiming to win members from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

Many of the chief NYC2012 officials have studied the faces of the 115 members - and also their backgrounds and interests - so they can snag them in hallways and elevators. Their conversations are reported back to staff members of NYC2012 who are carefully tracking all their comments, concerns, and, most important, leanings, for a running vote count, officials said.

Mr. Doctoroff has conducted much of the research into the I.O.C. members himself, logging 175,000 air miles in the last six months alone, by his count, visiting them personally in dozens of countries. Bid officials are afraid to appear too calculating, and Mr. Doctoroff said the information he has gleaned has come through a careful process.

"Have I met in some cases their children or do I know what they like to do?" he said. "Yeah, but only because they've become friends. It's about building relationships."

It helps that New York's leading advocates are well known internationally. Mr. Bloomberg had star power in these parts long before he was mayor, as chief executive of Bloomberg L.P., the financial media empire that has offices here. Senator Clinton is an international celebrity in her own right, and has met many of the delegates. And everyone knows Muhammad Ali.

Yet while many members of the New York delegation are lesser known to the general public, some of them have been shuttled here from around the world because of their relationships with just one or two board members, officials said, some of whom are considered undecided.

"There are a lot of people who are still undecided, or they are not so certain that their minds couldn't be changed," said Charlie Battle, the NYC2012 director of international relations. "That's why these last days are so important. You just have to keep working."

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wtf? That Doctoroff used Bulgaria in his speech :rant:
Italia-Bulgaria, the semifinal at the World Cup, saying that the stadium was full of local fans of the teams. Bullcrap, there were almost no supporters for Bulgaria by the semifinals, talk about diversity. Though I've always been pissed at that game because of Baggio and his damn ponytail.
Anyway, I just saw the olympic village, the views they showed looks just amazing, facing the UN.
And as we talked about the World Fair at the meet, they plan to renovate it as the Olympic Park for the ceremonies. Looks nice on renders, but I doubt it would really be that good

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Wednesday July 6, 11:46 AM
Olympics-New York stresses vibrancy and never-give-up approach

SINGAPORE, July 6 (Reuters) - New York stressed the vibrancy of 'the city that never sleeps', its ethnic diversity and the never-give-up attitude of its citizens as it presented its bid to stage the 2012 Olympics on Wednesday.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Hillary Clinton told International Olympic Committee (IOC) members about the city's enthusiasm for the Games, backed by video clips from President George W. Bush and former president Bill Clinton.

The IOC votes later on Wednesday on which of the five candidates -- London, Madrid, Moscow, New York or Paris -- will be awarded the Games. The announcement is due at around 1145 GMT.

The Americans opened their hour-long presentation with a film in which ordinary New Yorkers of many different ethnic origins spoke in almost as many different languages of their enthusiasm for the city and the Olympics.

The Frank Sinatra song of the city that never sleeps played and the voice-over spoke of "the city where anything can happen and, on a daily basis, does".

Former Olympic champions, swimmer Janet Evans and long jumper Bob Beamon, described the fun athletes would have in the centrally located Olympic village and the vibrant entertainment available to them in Manhattan.

Muhammad Ali, possibly the greatest sports personality of them all, was introduced to prolonged applause.

Bloomberg alluded to the September 11 attack on the Twin Towers to illustrate the determination of New Yorkers.

"New Yorkers asked ourselves 'can we recover', 'will we rebuild'?" he said.

"Without hesitation, New Yorkers stood up and said yes. This spirit will be given to your Games.

"New Yorkers never give up -- not now, not ever."

Former First Lady Clinton said: "Let me say loud and clear -- we are 100 percent committed to making the 2012 Games a truly spectacular event."

Film prominently featured the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty to emphasise her point.

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N.Y. Eliminated in Vote for 2012 Olympics

By STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer 10 minutes ago

SINGAPORE - New York, Moscow and Madrid were eliminated in the voting for the 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, setting up a showdown between European rivals London and Paris.

Moscow dropped out first after receiving the fewest votes in the secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee. New York followed within a few minutes, and then Madrid.

Though IOC voters went on to pick the host city, the winner was not immediately announced.

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July 6, 2005

New York Bid Falls Short as London Is Chosen for Olympics


Video: Ali in Singapore to Support New York Bid

Trafalgar Square celebrated London's Olympic victory. Earlier, some in Rockefeller Center dealt with New York's defeat.

SINGAPORE, July 6 - In a surprising upset over front-running Paris, London snatched away the 2012 Olympics today, capping a comeback in a bidding race it seemed nearly out of just a year ago.

The former British Olympian Sebastian Coe re-energized London's chances when he took over and led a hard-charging campaign to bring the Games back to Britain after two failed bids by Manchester and one by Birmingham.

In London, fighter jets trailed red, white and blue smoke - the colors of the British flag - and several thousand shrieked and danced at Trafalgar Square when news of the city's victory was broadcast via several large video screens.

"This is a momentous day for London," Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

The announcement in Paris was met with stunned silence and a light rain began to fall. A crowd that had swelled to several thousand as the decisive moment neared, melted away quietly. Little anger was visible, but Katherine Bellouche of the Department of Tourism used the French words for "injustice" and "deception" when London was awarded the Games. Asked why Paris lost, she said, "I can't explain."

On the Fox television program "Good Day New York," Donald Trump suggested that disparaging comments President Jacques Chirac of France had made about England on Sunday may have swung the balance. "How stupid can you be?" Mr. Trump said, referring to Mr. Chirac's joke in which he told President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany that the only British contribution to European agriculture had been mad cow disease.

The other finalists, Moscow, Madrid and New York, were knocked out in earlier rounds.

New York officials had been optimistic after their final presentation, which had many I.O.C. members expressing admiration for the combination sales pitch and emotional appeal based on New York's international flavor and economic power. The city's bid had also seemed to get a lift from the arrival of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday, who met dozens of I.O.C. members and seemed to charm her audiences.

But the bid seemed to have been damaged over the past months by a preoccupation with a proposed stadium on the west side of Manhattan, which suffered an embarrassing political defeat a month ago. New York's Deputy Mayor and bid organizer Daniel R. Doctoroff tried to regain momentum with a new plan centered on a stadium in Queens, but New York's effort failed to gain ground on Paris and London, long considered to be the front-runners.

In Singapore today, the city's Olympic bid delegation - a group of about 300 people - watched the vote tally on a giant projector screen in a wing of the Ritz Carlton hotel. Guests sipped wine and nibbled on dumplings, spicy fish sausages and croissant-wrapped shrimp in what was a generally giddy atmosphere stoked by the perception that the team's presentation was a show stopper. But when the losing results came in however, the room fell into a prolonged, stunned silence, according to people who were there.

In its last pitch before the members, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had tried to head off claims by other cities that New York would be back to compete for the 2016 Games. The mayor vigorously argued that he could only guarantee this leadership team and this plan for 2012.

New York opened its final pitch for the Games with a video celebrating ethnic diversity and closed with a moving portrait of a torch being run through the city. The presentation stressed the city's international flavor, its organizers' enthusiasm, the economic lift the Games would give the Olympics and made a small emotional reference to Sept. 11, 2001.

Mr. Doctoroff, began by nervously recounting the story of his Olympic dream, which began at a World Cup soccer match in the Meadowlands 11 years ago when he said he was overwhelmed by the spirit of Italian and Bulgarian fans who filled Giants Stadium.

"We are a city that wraps its arms around you," Mr. Doctoroff told the I.O.C. members. "When you score a perfect 10, the crowd will rise and cheer, no matter where you are from."

New York followed Paris in the presentations, an order that was decided by a random drawing. The French presentation had an artistic flair, with an aerial tour of the city and Olympic rings floating around its landmarks. President Jacques Chirac of France and Mayor Bertrand Delanoe of Paris made emotional pleas to bring the Games to their city on its third modern bid.

In New York's sales pitch, Olympians Janet Evans and Bob Beamon took the stage to describe the Olympic sites and the plan for each Olympic sport. New York also had videos with testimony from dozens of athletes, from the tennis star Serena Williams and the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard to the basketball star Magic Johnson and the cycling champion Lance Armstrong, in describing the plans for the Olympic sites.

Former President Bill Clinton appeared via video, as did President Bush. Mayor Bloomberg emphasized that the new Olympic stadium plan had been approved.

"Let me be clear, we are going ahead and building this stadium," Mr. Bloomberg said. "It is going ahead because New Yorkers never give up. Not now, not ever."

Senator Clinton told I.O.C. members: "2012 is the right time for New York. And it's the right time to experience New York."

Mr. Bloomberg veered briefly from the New York strategy of avoiding mention of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Late in his remarks, he highlighted New York's rebound from the tragedy, and the final video, which followed a torch runner through the city, showed a tiny clip of a child's drawing of the Twin Towers with the words, written in crayon, "The sky was so blue."

As the final video faded to black, the NYC2012 logo appeared on the screen with the words, "Thank you."

"What we tried to say was, this is New York," Mr. Bloomberg said afterward. "We've never tried to be anything other than what we are."

The question-and-answer portion had a tense moment when an I.O.C. member from Syria, Samih Moudallal, pointedly asked Mr. Doctoroff, "Would the athletes and the officials of these countries on the terrorist list, will they be allowed to enter the United States of America?" He went on to reference what he said were problems Syria had obtaining a visa for one of its Paralympic athletes during the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

Dr. Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, rebuked Mr. Moudallal, telling him, "You should not come back to issues of the past for which New York is not responsible."

Still, Mr. Doctoroff chose to answer, saying there was "absolutely no question" all nations would be welcomed. He told of the Iranian wrestling team's visit to the wrestling world championships when they were held in New York City in 2003. "I will never forget the Iranian team competing in New York in front of packed crowds of Iranian fans," Mr. Doctoroff said.

New York was followed by Moscow, which came nowhere near the professional quality of New York, but did place a heavy emphasis on the Russian love of sports and its Olympic success. Organizers played a video from President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, in which he spoke in faltering English. Moscow officials said it was a Russian leader's first-ever public address in English.

Paris had begun its presentation with a note of humility, a nod to the criticism that its past two bids were too arrogant and turned off an organization that prefers to be wooed.

"Each defeat has served to increase our determination," Mr. Delanoe said, in French. Then, in another nod to previous criticisms about their reluctance to speak English, he spoke a few sentences in English: "I want to thank you for setting the bar so high and pushing us further toward excellence."

President Chirac, who did not attend the presentation for the last Paris bid, in 2001, made the most emotional appeal. He emphasized his long relationship with many I.O.C. members and talked about the French people's desire to host the Games. "I shall vouch for this," he said in French. "You can put your trust in France. You can trust the French. You can trust us."

But at heart, the presentation was built around Paris pouring its heart into its third and presumably final bid. "Paris wants the Games," Mr. Delanoe said in closing. "Paris needs the Games. Paris has the love of the Games."

In the question-and-answer session afterward, I.O.C. members asked about the anti-doping plans, guarantees for building the Olympic village and, bizarrely enough, the quality of French air conditioning.

London's presentation centered on the theme of inspiring young people. Bid leader Sebastian Coe told the story of how he was moved to begin running when he watched the 1968 Mexico City Olympics on a tiny, black and white television. His career culminated in two Olympic gold medals.

"Thirty-five years later, I stand before you still inspired by the Olympic movement," he said.

London's film promoted the diversity of its people and the iconic backdrop of its venues. It also stressed the uniqueness of its plan to put the Olympic village within the confines of its Olympic park.

But the presentation kept coming back to children, including the 30 that organizers brought along from East London, the area planned for massive regeneration if the Games are awarded to the British capital.

"More than six million young people visit our city every year, and more of them choose our city for their education than any other," said London Mayor Ken Livingstone. "If you wish to mobilize the youth of the world, start in London."

Madrid's presentation was the least professional, relying on still photos with type superimposed for most of its visuals, as opposed to higher-quality video used by the other bids. Madrid saved its sports plans for last, with a few athletes involved in the presentation. It was the only bid to feature a Paralympian, Gema Hassen-Bey.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain made a presentation, as did Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, who ventured to speak some English. They emphasized that Madrid is the largest European capital yet to host a Games and that the public support numbers have been higher than any other city's.

"Madrid will be a fiesta," Mr. Ruiz-Gallardon said. "We have been celebrating the Olympic spirit for 50 years now."

Queen Sofia finished the presentation, stressing her family's commitment to sports.

The presentation order was decided by random drawing, with each city given 45 minutes for a presentation and 15 minutes to answer questions from I.O.C. members. Paris went first, followed by New York, Moscow, London and Madrid.

The voting proceeded by rounds, with the city receiving the least number of votes being dropped after every round.

British and French journalists working at the G-8 summit meeting at Gleneagles, Scotland, reacting to the decision by the International Olympic Committee.

A crowd in London's Trafalgar Square reacted to the announcement that only the British capital and Paris remained in the running for the 2012 Games.

President Jacques Chirac of France spoke on behalf of the Paris bid, which was favored to win today's vote.

Mayor Bloomberg during his presentation to the I.O.C. in Singapore.

A worker prepared a stage in Singapore Tuesday as international delegates convened to choose a city for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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