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New York City is Off and Running for the 2012 Olympics
By Mayor Rudy Giuliani
On March 14th at City Hall, we officially launched our campaign to bring
the Olympic games to New York City in 2012.
The City of New York hosting the Olympics makes perfect sense - after
all, we're the most diverse city in the world. Athletes from every country
could find people in our city who share their background and speak their
In addition to that, having the Olympic games in the City of New York
would be the perfect culmination of the ongoing renaissance of our city.
We have transformed our city from a symbol of all that was wrong with
urban America to a symbol of hope, success and innovation that is looked
to - and learned from - by cities around the world.
Just as hosting the World's Fair in 1939 and 1964 had a tremendous effect
on our city, hosting the Olympics in 2012 would have a powerful effect
on the shape of our city in the 21st century.
Preparing for a serious Olympic bid involves significant preparation
and investments, including improvements to our already excellent infrastructure
and world- class facilities.
In particular, our drive to host the Olympic games should spur the
City to make necessary investments in the construction of a West Side
sports stadium; and the Olympic Village planned for the Queens West
waterfront would be converted to 5,000 units of middle-income housing.
The games would be staged along the waterways from Staten Island to
Brooklyn and Queens, and from the Bronx to Upper Manhattan -- all connected
by a network of fast ferries and special trains that would allow people
attending Olympic events to move around the city without using roads.
The return on this investment would be approximately $10 billion to
our local economy, in addition to the benefits of a tremendous infusion
of community spirit and New York pride. That can't be quantified, but
it's no less real, and no less important to the city.
The Olympic bid process has two phases. First, New York will be competing
against seven other cities for the privilege of being named the nation's
"candidate city." That decision will be made by the U.S. Olympic
Committee in 2002. Then, as the candidate city, New York will compete
against cities from other nations around the world to be selected by
the International Olympic Committee in 2005 as the host city for the
Competition is something that New York and New Yorkers excel at, so
I'm confident that we can hold our own against other cities' bids from
around the nation and around the world.
NYC 2012, a non-profit corporation led by prominent New Yorkers from
the fields of business, labor, fashion, entertainment, culture, and
education, is preparing a 600-page bid that will be submitted in December
to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Let's get this done, and show the world that New York City is not just
the capital of the world but - without a doubt - the sports capital
of the world.