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Olympic delegation touring New York

February 22, 2005

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— The city, digging out from a snowstorm, rolled out a warm welcome Monday for the 13 delegates charged with helping select a host city for the 2012 Olympics.

"Nice to see you. Welcome," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission delegates during a meet-and-greet ceremony at the Plaza Hotel. He later joked that the blanket of snow positioned the city to also make a bid for the Winter Games.

Bloomberg, accompanied by U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth, shook hands with the delegates in a conference room that bore an NYC2012 logo on the floor. Each delegate carried a thick "2012" binder.

They arrived at the Plaza on Sunday night, greeted by flag-waving supporters of New York's bid to host the 2012 Summer Games.

The evaluation commission is in town for a final round of scrutiny, evaluating the five cities still in the running for the Olympics. The group already toured Madrid and London, with Moscow and Paris left to visit. The IOC will weigh the evaluators' findings and announce its decision July 6.

Today, committee members were scheduled to visit a variety of proposed venues for the games, but they will not speak publicly about New York's bid until the visit is completed Thursday.

Still to be decided is the fate of the biggest of the city's proposed Olympic venues -- a stadium on Manhattan's West Side that has attracted strong opposition from some New Yorkers.

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