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Wednesday, 16 February 2005

An Inspector Calls

The IOC 2012 Olympic bid evaluation team are now in London. Their evaluation will last for four days, and constitutes the second stop of their five city tour.

Lord Coe, the former Olympic champion, is heading London's bid team. His task is to convince the inspectors London has the desire, and the ability, to host the Games.

The evaluation team, which started in Madrid, will next travel to New York, then Paris before finishing in Moscow in mid-March. The IOC will announce the winning city in Singapore on July 6.

London has spent much of its campaign lagging behind the recognised front runner Paris, which already has a stadium.

London's very obvious Achilles heal is its transport system, described rather politely as "often obsolete"; additionally, Londoners really do not want the Games in the city.

Coe argues that London's transport problems have been dealt with.

Tell that to the hapless commuters who have to suffer the delays, and overcrowding every day!

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