Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Decision on Olympics Bid Is Delayed Again for Weeks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Decision on Olympics Bid Is Delayed Again for Weeks

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Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY

TONY BLAIR is to delay his decision on backing London's proposed bid for the 2012 Olympics for a "few more weeks", Downing Street has said.

The move was greeted with disappointment at the British Olympic Association (BOA).

The decision has already been postponed twice from its originally expected date of 31 January.

However, Mr Blair remains likely to back the bid eventually.

This week's move reflects deep unease in Downing Street about giving the green light to a bid for a sporting extravaganza with war against Iraq looming.

The final decision may be delayed until the conflict is over - although sources close to the project hope a "window" for an announcement can be found over the next few weeks.

The BOA must indicate its wish to submit a London bid by July - and has said it will not do so without the endorsement of the Government.

Mr Blair's official spokesman said: "There will be a few more weeks before this can be discussed by the Cabinet. …

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