Guy Drut was one of the key members from the Paris bid teamThe evaluation reports of the five candidate cities were released on 6th by the International Olympic Committee. These reports did not carry any marked rankings or scores. Irrespective, Paris report was considered to be fairly positive with London following closely. Even New York and Madrid received positive evaluation reports.During the entire evaluation and bidding process, Paris was always considered as the favorite and the most likely one to win the nomination. Also the fact, that it was its third bid in recent times, played in its favor. London on the other hand was faring behind Paris by a big margin. Things started changing after the appointment of Sebastian Coe as the new London head on 19th May 2004. Speculations became rife as reports started pouring in that London and Paris may witness a tie in the 2012 bid. Even the final run up to the 117th IOC Session was very close between the two arch rivals. In the words of Jacques Rogge, when asked about the projected winner of the IOC bid claimed: "I cannot predict it since I dont know how the IOC members will vote. But my gut feeling tells me that it will be very close. Perhaps it will come down to a difference of say ten votes, or maybe less". (London tactics upset Paris mayor, 2005)A 117th IOC Session was held on the 6th July 2005. At this session the final announcement was made at the Raffles City Convention Center in Singapore. At the Convention, Tony Blair was the only one who was in a position to make a personal lobby for himself. This was because, he was Prime Minister United Kingdom at that time, and leading five candidate cities at. London Olympics 2012.
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