Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reedie in Pledge over Our Games; the IOC Voices Their Disgust at the Bombings in London Calling It a Tragedy at the Heart of Our Olympic City, Writes Adrian Warner in Singapore

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reedie in Pledge over Our Games; the IOC Voices Their Disgust at the Bombings in London Calling It a Tragedy at the Heart of Our Olympic City, Writes Adrian Warner in Singapore

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Byline: ADRIAN WARNER

BRITISH Olympic chief Craig Reedie today vowed that London would not be stopped from putting on a "marvellous" Olympic Games in 2012 by acts of terrorism.

In an emotional speech to the International Olympic Committee members who awarded the Games to the capital on Wednesday, Reedie said Britain would not give in to yesterday's bombers.

IOC President Jacques Rogge opened the meeting by calling for a minute's silence for the victims.

Reedie told his IOC colleagues: "I can assure you that these terrible acts in no way reduced our resolve to run an excellent Olympic Games in 2012.

"The worst thing to do is concede anything to these people. Security in London and security in Britain is outstandingly good and we still get caught.

It doesn't reduce our resolve to run a marvellous Games in 2012.

We are simply going to go ahead with it."

Rogge yesterday showed the IOC's immediate solidarity with London by sending a message of sympathy to Tony Blair and London Mayor Ken Livingstone. He called the attacks a "tragedy at the heart of our Olympic city".

After London just beat Paris in the most competitive bidding race in the 109-year history of the Olympics, it was significant that Henri Serandour, the head of the French Olympic Committee, chose to address the meeting.

The French public and sports world are bitterly disappointed at missing out on the Games after three failed bids.

But Serandour said: "Today we all feel like Londoners. It's terrible.

We're all in mourning."

Syria's Samih Moudallal told the meeting that the attacks were " barbaric and criminal".

He said: "You have expressed the feeling of sorrow and pain that all the Olympic family felt yesterday. It was deep sorrow indeed."

Reedie said after the meeting that the sympathy within the IOC to yesterday's tragedy has been remarkable. He said Livingstone's statement in Singapore yesterday that the bombings were an attack on working-class people of all creeds had struck a chord in the IOC. …

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