Friday, March 16, 2012

Final selection process - 117th IOC Session


Singapore 2005 - 117th IOC Session
The opening ceremony of the 117th IOC Session was held at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in Singapore on 5 July 2005. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the guest of honour and officially opened the session. Song, dance and martial arts exhibitions with the theme "One Voice, One Rhythm, One World" began the ceremony.
On 6 July 2005, the election day, the IOC Session was held at the Raffles City Convention Centre. It began at 1:00 UTC with the one-hour final presentations of the candidate cities, followed by a half-hour press briefing, in the following order: Paris, New York City, Moscow, London and Madrid. The bid presentations ended at 9:00 UTC and a presentation of the Evaluation Commission's final report preceded the election.Of the 116 active IOC members, 17 could not vote in the first round, leaving 99 members able to exert their voting rights.


IOC members unable to vote in the 2012 Host City Election (17)
Members from countries with candidate cities (13)
  • France Jean-Claude Killy
  • France Henri Serandour
  • United States Anita L. Defrantz
  • United States James L. Easton
  • United States Robert Ctvrtlik
  • Russia Vitaly Smirnov
  • Russia Shamil Tarpischev
  • Russia Alexander Popov
  • United Kingdom Anne, Princess Royal
  • United Kingdom Craig Reedie
  • United Kingdom Phil Craven
  • Spain Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón
  • Spain Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr.

Other members (4)
  • Belgium Jacques Rogge (IOC president - allowed to vote, however elects not to vote)
  • Bulgaria Ivan Slavkov (suspended)
  • Greece Nikos Filaretos (absent)
  • France Guy Drut (absent)
The electronic ballot began at 10:26 UTC, and the first three rounds eliminated Moscow, New York City and Madrid, respectively. After a city was eliminated, members from that city's country were allowed to vote in the following rounds. London and Paris made it to the fourth and final round of voting, which concluded at 10:45 UTC. An hour later, at 11:49 UTC, London was formally announced as the winner by Jacques Rogge. Approximately one billion viewers watched the announcement on live television.
After the announcement, the ballot results were published: London gathered more votes in the first, third and final rounds, while Madrid won the second round despite falling short on votes in the third round and being eliminated. The competitiveness of the bids from Paris and London was ultimately demonstrated by a four-vote difference in the final round.
Moscow was the first city to get eliminated in the electronic vote process. In the first round Russian bid was the lowest with 15 votes. New York City was the second city to get eliminated from the list with 16 votes while at this stage Madrid was leading with 32 Votes. However in the third round Madrid lost to Paris, France on a thin margin and was eliminated from the last round. In the last round London won the bid with 54 votes against 50 for Paris and was selected for the 2012 Summer Olympics.


1 comments:

Unio Mystica said...

It was may be bad luck for the Paris that it lost the bid but still it is really really bad that Paris lost the bid third time in last 20 years.. London also would have lost the bid for the third time if Paris would have won.. Manchester certainly is not a fit city to host such big games.. but who knows we had a soccer world cup in Africa, so in few years it is possible that we have such games in India or somewhere in Asia. China successfully hosted it, so now it is a bid for South Asia.

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