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Mayor Luzhkov says Moscow would be "historic choice"

Singapore, Monday 4 July 2005: With just two days left in the campaign for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov says that Moscow has the edge over the other candidate cities because it would be the historic choice.

On his arrival in Singapore today, Mayor Luzhkov drew a parallel between the factors that led the International Olympic Committee to choose Beijing for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the choice of Moscow for the 2012 Games.

"We are optimistic about our chances for one simple reason," he explained.  "The Olympic Games have the proven capacity to change the future for people, cities and nations.  There are five wonderful cities bidding to host the 2012 Games.

But as members of the International Olympic Committee prepare to cast their votes on Wednesday, we are sure they will come to the conclusion that only one people, city and nation will be fundamentally changed by hosting the 2012 Games the choice of Moscow is similar to that of Beijing.  It will be historic."

Notes to editors:

Moscow 2012 will hold a press conference at 2:45pm on Tuesday 5 July at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. Key spokespersons will include Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and Russian IOC member and Olympic Champion (swimming) Alexander Popov.

For further information on the Moscow 2012 bid and media accreditation for the press conferences in Singapore on 5 and 6 July, please contact the Moscow 2012 press officers on site:

Olivia Lawe-Davies
Mobile: +(65) 9111 9526

Catherine St-Laurent
Mobile: +(65) 9295 0953

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