Sports Letters: Positive bid

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Sir: Manchester City Council, as a partner in Manchester's bid for the 2000 Olympic Games, recognises that a successful Games in Sydney is important for sport and vital for the Olympic movement. The Council, therefore, wishes the 2000 Olympic organisers in Australia every success.

Should the allegations of malpractice related to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City lead to further investigations, we have already undertaken to support the British Olympic Association and the International Olympic Committee in any way we can. We will respond constructively and positively to any requests for information about the bidding process for the 2000 Games.

If it is demonstrated that it was influenced by any impropriety, then the City Council will discuss the position with the British Olympic Association and the Government and may consider compensation.

The Olympic bidding process, irrespective of outcome, was an important and positive experience for Manchester and the North-west. It created a legacy which included the National Cycling Centre, Europe's largest indoor arena, and it provided impetus to our stadium plans.

It was also the forerunner of the bidding process which will bring the 2002 Commonwealth Games to England and the city.

Councillor RICHARD LEESE

Town Hall, Manchester

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