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PR- 140-05
April 13, 2005


On Sunday, April 17th, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will arrive in Berlin, Germany to present New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the General Assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and to attend the annual SportAccord conference, a major gathering of Olympic officials.  The Mayor will lead a delegation including Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding and NYC2012 Founder Daniel L. Doctoroff, NYC2012 Managing Director of International Relations Charlie Battle, NYC2012 Senior Advisor for Sport and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Donna de Varona (Swimming: 1960, 1964, 2 Gold) and Chair of the NYC2012 Management Committee Dr. Harvey Schiller. All Candidate Cities for the 2012 Games have been invited to make presentations on April 17th about their candidatures.  
“This conference will be one of the last opportunities to present our plan and vision for Olympic sport to the Olympic Family, and to meet with the leaders of the Olympic Movement prior to the IOC’s decision on the Host City on July 6th in Singapore,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “At the event, we will showcase our sport development plans with the leadership of each sport as well as our overall concept for sport at the Games. Our bid places athletes in a spectacular Olympic Village on the river across from the United Nations at the center of the Games, with stunning venues, easy access between sites, and unparalleled services.  New York is truly a sports town and we will devote all of the City’s vast resources to celebrate and promote Olympic and Paralympic sports in an unprecedented way.” 
The ASOIF General Assembly is part of the SportAccord Conference, an annual sports industry convention, with over 1,400 delegates expected to attend from the international sports federations, Olympic Movement and sporting industries.  In addition to various meetings and assemblies of the members of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee will hold its annual spring meeting during SportAccord. 
An Olympic Games in New York would leave a powerful legacy of creating new world-class venues, training centers for elite athletes and renovated fields for youth that will restore New York’s connection to Olympic sports.  Additionally, the Games would spur the largest single investment in parks, sports and recreational facilities in the City’s history and bring a regional economic impact of over $12 billion and create over 135,000 jobs.  New York City is competing with four other Candidate Cities for the right to host the 2012 Games: London, Madrid, Moscow and Paris.  For more information, visit NYC2012’s official website at


Edward Skyler / Jennifer Falk   (212) 788-2958

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