Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)
IT HAS TO BE US! Greatest City on Earth Can Stage the Best Olympics in History as 2012 Games Chiefs Fly to London
TODAY, a delegation from the International Olympic Committee comes to London for a four-day visit to decide whether this great city will host the 2012 Olympics. We all have a stake in the outcome, and we desperately want to win.
Last time, the committee found London wanting in some respects as an Olympic city, in particular because of concerns about transport.
Those concerns have now been addressed with solid, well-grounded plans for dedicated road lanes, the East London line extension, a better Jubilee line and "bullet trains" on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Today, London is a city that has sorted out its plans for the Games, and, more importantly, there is massive public backing for the Olympic project.
The extent to which the plans have advanced can be seen in the announcement a few hours ago that a 10-year funding deal has been struck to guarantee the future of the new 80,000-seat Olympic stadium.
At the same time, the Mayor announced a new cycling velodrome in east London. …