Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rio Joins London in Race to Host Games

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rio Joins London in Race to Host Games

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Byline: ADRIAN WARNER

LONDON learned today that it is now part of the most competitive and prestigious bidding race in the history of the Olympics.

Rio de Janeiro is the ninth city to enter the contest for the 2012 Games, bringing Brazilian flair into what Olympic observers are calling an unprecedented "dream line-up" of bidding cities.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has revealed that the field is so strong the IOC might not even be able to reduce the number of candidates before the vote in July 2005.

If that happens, the vote in Singapore will be the biggest ever and the presentations to the IOC are likely to run over two days rather than the usual eight hours. The IOC usually draws up a smaller short list of candidates who are visited by a special evaluation commission in the months before the vote.

In the race for the 2008 Games - won by Beijing two years ago - the IOC selected five finalists from an original field of 10.

But the 2012 field is much stronger in terms of the "world-class cities" involved. In addition to London and Rio, Paris, New York, Madrid, Moscow, Istanbul, Havana and Leipzig have all put their names forward ahead of next week's deadline. …

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