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6 July 2005, 04:40 pm
London Elected Host City for 2012 Paralympic Games
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Today, at the 117th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Singapore, London, Great Britain was elected to be the host city of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Attending the Session in Singapore, President of the International Paralympic Committee and IOC Member, Sir Philip CRAVEN said: 'The quality of all the bids was very high just like the content in each presentation about the Paralympics and this is particularly satisfying for the Paralympic Movement. Of course, I am pleased that my home country, Great Britain, carried off the big prize but I am confident that any of the five cities would have put on great Paralympic Games.'

Following four rounds of voting by IOC members, London eventually triumphed by taking 54 votes from a possible 104. Candidate cities competing for the right to host the 2012 Games were Paris (France), New York (USA), Moscow (Russia), London (Great Britain) and Madrid (Spain)*.

The purpose of London 2012 is to deliver accessible and inclusive designs for all facilities, maximize media coverage and strengthen the Paralympic Movement. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of every athlete's career. London 2012 will strive to provide conditions that enable the athletes to compete in an environment of excellence, friendship and enjoyment.

The 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition will take place at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

*Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots.

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