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Tuesday, 22 February 2005

New York's Warm Welcome

Despite being enveloped in snow, New York gave the 13 IOC delegates a warm welcome yesterday; on their first full day in the Big Apple, to evaluate New York's bid to hold the 2012 Olympics.

The delegates were shown a video, featuring New Yorkers from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds; the message being that everyone, from anywhere in the world, would feel at home in New York.

New York is festooned with Olympic paraphernalia; billboards, bus shelters and street poles are decorated along with subway cars buses and taxis.

Paris still remains the favourite to host the 2012 Olympics, according to United Kingdom bookies; however, London increased its chances of winning after the publicity surrounding the visit of IOC officials helped lift public support.

Ladbrokes, the world's largest bookmaker, cut its odds on London hosting the 2012 Games to 2-1 from 3-1.

It lengthened the odds on favorite Paris to 4-9 from 1-4. New York is fourth at 16-1.

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