Nine cities submitting bids to host the 2012 Summer Olympics[a]
were recognised by the International Olympic Committee
(IOC). The Committee shortlisted five of them—London
, New York City
, and Paris
—from which London eventually prevailed; it will become the first city to host the Olympic Games
for a third time
.The bidding process for the 2012 Olympics was considered one of the most hotly contested in the history of the IOC.Paris was seen as the front-runner for most of the campaign,but last-minute lobbying by London's supporters was one factor that led to the success of its bid.Madrid was regarded as one of the favourites, but the city did not receive enough votes to surpass Paris and London.After a technical evaluation of the nine original bids, the top five were shortlisted on May 18, 2004, becoming official candidates. The remaining applicant cities—Havana
and Rio de Janeiro
The Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics commenced with Christine Anu singing a stirring rendition of her hit song, Island Home. The ceremony concluded with a huge fireworks display on Sydney Harbour.
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