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13 July 2001, 03:43 pm
IOC announces Beijing as Olympic Host City
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2008 Olympic Games

Today, at 17.30 hours, at the IOC Session in Moscow, Russia, Beijing, China came through two rounds of voting to be elected as the host city for the 2008 Olympic Games.
In contention with four other cities, Beijing was been elected the Host City for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 by the IOC members.

The vote follows in line with the recommendation of the IOC Evaluation Commission that "a Beijing Games would leave a unique legacy to China and to sports. The Commission is confident that Beijing could organise an excellent Games".

Two rounds of voting were undertaken to determine the host city from the five in contention. Osaka, Japan dropped out after Round 1, and in Round 2, having received the majority of votes, Beijing claimed victory.

Round 1
Beijing, China - 44
Toronto, Canada - 20
Istanbul, Turkey - 17
Paris, France - 15
Osaka, Japan - 6

Round 2
Beijing, China - 56
Toronto, Canada - 22
Istanbul, Turkey - 19
Paris, France - 18
ISAF Secretariat/IOC
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