Condi Backs NYC 2012 Olympics Bid

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. June 30, 2005: Saying she’s very impressed with the way New York City has been able to get its Olympic bid “pulled together,” U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice says that the chances of the city getting the nod in Singapore “are very good.”

Rice represented the Bush administration as the city sent off representatives and athletes to Singapore to make their final pitch for the games to the International Olympic Committee Executive Board officials on July 6.

“This is a comeback city and New Yorkers have always been known for their unwillingness to say die, for their unwillingness to give up and they have demonstrated yet again that they’ve put together a terrific bid,” said Rice at the send-off on Tuesday. “And when it comes down to it, what better city? I’m sure that the facilities will be first rate because everything New York does is first rate and this city really         does represent the best of America and the best of the world in the way that people come here and achieve from all over the world so I believe it’s got a very, very good chance.”

President George Bush, unlike British and French leaders, did not join the delegation in Singapore but plan to be with then by video, according to Rice.

Caribbean athletes were among those also betting on NYC, including Antigua and Barbuda Olympian, Howard Lindsay. –