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Monday, 15 November 2004

London Olympics Bid

London hands over its bid for the 2012 Olympic Games today.

Lord Coe, Olympic medal winner and chairman of the bid, expressed his confidence in the chances that London might host the Games for the first time since 1948.

The 600 page bid book will be handed over to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by Amber Charles, a 14-year-old basketball player from east London.

The final decision will be made by the IOC in July 2005.

The IOC will visit each city, to judge for themselves the state of readiness of each bidder.

London's success would mean the transformation of 1,500 acres of East London's Lower Lea Valley, which is one of the UK's poorest areas.

Other events would be held at; Wimbledon, the new Wembley, Lord's and heritage sites like Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Greenwich Park and Horse Guards.

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