A wintry Moscow is the latest stop for the International Olympic Committee who are evaluating the city’s bid to hold the 2012 games. The Russian capital is considered the long shot among the five finalist cities which also include Paris, News York, London and Madrid. Moscow’s bid proposal boasts of holding all the events within city limits and focuses on the Olympic River concept. Most of the venues and Olympic village will be placed along the Moscow River with boats providing transportation. The estimated cost – 7.5 billion euros.
The inspectors will find a very different city from the drab Soviet capital that last hosted the games in 1980. Red Square has been draped in bunting and the IOC will be given a private tour of the Kremlin. But there are problems, not least the traffic, pollution and few medium priced hotels. Fifty seven percent of Muscovites believe the hype and think their city will win the prize to host the Games. The IOC will announce its decision in Singapore in July.