The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, announced the Host City for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Singapore on 6 July 2005.
The International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission has praised the 'very high quality' of London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The report of the Commission, which has been published just one month before the crucial vote to elect the 2012 Host City, highlights the strong political support for the bid, the legacy the Games would leave in London and the involvement of athletes in every aspect of the bid.
The report concluded that:
* The bid enjoys strong support and commitment from the Queen, the national government and the Greater London Authority.
* The report highlighted the 'significant' sporting and social legacy of London's plans for the East End of the city. "The Olympic Games would be the catalyst for the regeneration and development of the Lower Lea Valley, site for the Olympic Park," it reads. "This park would provide significant sports and environmental legacies."
* The report also notes that "Athletes have had a direct input into village, venue and operational planning."
* The budgeting process is very detailed and meticulous, and assumptions are well supported and they are achievable.
* The report states that "64% of competition venues needed for the Games already exist, are under construction or are planned irrespective of the Games."
* On the Paralympic Games, the report notes: "With its rich history, the capacities of UK Paralympic Sport are among the best in the world."
* The document says that a London Games would have a positive impact on the city's environment. "Comprehensive and positive environmental legacies for the community and the Olympic Movement would be achieved from a London 2012 Olympic Games."
* The Commission also highlighted the £17bn investment programme already committed to the capital's public transport system. "During the bid process, substantial London rail transport infrastructure investments have been clearly confirmed, guaranteed and accelerated."
The blueprint for Britain's latest Olympic Bid is based on extensive use of world-famous sporting venues, much loved London landmarks, rapid new transport connections and state-of-the art sports facilities.London 2012 website