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11/05/04
Coe: 'Time to Engage the London Public'
- London Olympic bid hinges on popular appeal

LONDON faces an uphill battle to win the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games and it's all your fault!

The good news is that London got on the shortlist announced yesterday along with Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris.

But a poll conducted for the International Olympic Committee showed 67 per cent of Londoners in support of bringing the Games here and only 13 per cent against, but that isn't good enough for the IOC which mentioned the lack of backing in its statement yesterday.

"It is vital we engage with the public to ensure our plans they understand the potential impact of a successful bid," said Sebastian Coe, the Olympic hero who is part of London's bidding team.

Coe and his boss, bid chief Barbara Cassani, have six months to convince more people that the prestige of the Olympics and the legacy it would leave in terms of of infrastructure is worth having. In November, bidding cities must provide its full proposals, addressing the concerns expressed by the IOC yesterday.

According to the IOC, London scores poorly for its transport and experience of holding big sporting events but there isn't really much Cassani and Coe can do about that, so it is likely they will pull out the stops to create a groundswell of support for the Olympics.




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