Caribbean Olympian Among Those Betting On NYC 2012

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. June 29, 2005: Antigua and Barbuda Olympian, Howard Lindsay, was among those rallying for New York City yesterday as officials here hope International Olympic Committee Executive Board officials will give them the nod to host the 2012 Games.

The host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics will be announced in Singapore on July 6. Yesterday, city officials were joined by U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice and athletes, to bid farewell to the city’s representatives who will make their way to the far east country for the pitch and the final announcement.

“On behalf of over 2,000 Olympians and Paralympians supporting New York’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, we are overjoyed …,” said Olympian Lindsay (Athletics: 1984, 1988, 1996). “Like a great athlete who never gives up, New York is now sprinting towards the finish line. With the greatest fans in the world, there is no doubt New York would put on a tremendous Games.”

The 100-member NYC2012 delegation, headed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor and NYC2012 Founder Daniel L. Doctoroff, will be outfitted in original Oscar de le Renta designs, as they make their bid to the Committee.

The attire consists of a printed NYC2012 blouse with matching printed scarf, white blazer, and navy skirt for women. The men will wear a navy blazer and solid blue dress shirt, a printed NYC2012 tie, and white pants.

Aside from Mayor Bloomberg and Doctoroff, New York’s delegation consisted of Olympians and Parlympians, government leaders, bid ambassadors, NYC2012 staff, members of the United States Olympic family and bid supporters.

New York is competing against four other cities for the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012: London, Madrid, Moscow and Paris.

The New York Mets have agreed to privately-finance a new Shea Stadium and allow NYC2012, the city and the state to use their new facility should New York City be designated as host city. Under the revised plan, the new Shea Stadium will be converted into a state-of-the-art, 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park Cluster, and consistent with Olympic requirements, a warm-up track and throwing field, will be located immediately adjacent to the Olympic Stadium. In addition, under the modified plans, the main press and international broadcast centers will be located across the street from the Stadium in new structures to be built in Willets Point as part of the City’s development plans for the area. On Monday, NYC2012 will make a formal request to the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to allow New York City to modify its bid. –