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Monday, March 14, 2005

Moscow Inspection Underway

The IOC inspection commission for the 2012 Olympics has begun its inspection tour of Moscow.

It is reported that Moscow is feeling very confident about its chances of hosting the 2012 Games. Viacheslav Fetisov, Russia's sports minister, is quoted as saying:

"We have great, great facilities. We have hosted more than 150 world championships in 15 years...The attitude of the Moscovites towards the Olympic Games and other sporting events is high. We have 500 Olympic champions living here..I don’t know why we are the underdog from the beginning.".

The commission will be briefed by Moscow on seven of the 17 bid book topics, today, with Tuesday designated for venue visits.

The commission leaves Moscow in Thursday.

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