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Actually there was definately politics behind Beijing losing the games
Posted Aug 25, 1999 6:20 PM
Remember that the host for 2000 was announced in 1993. Before the Atlanta Games and the SLC scandal. At the time the IOC thought, and may still think the sun shone out the backside of teh U.S.
The U.S. placed alot of pressure on the IOC not to let China get the games. In the end they onyl lost by 2 votes.
The two bids were at least on par with each other, however it is quite possible that Beijing had a better bid.
Sydney had the luck of being the right Australian bid at the right time.
It's defianely not the ideal Olympic City. It will to a decent job, if you ignore the marhcing bands. But it will be congested for a month or so.
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