Jewish World Review April 29, 2003 / 27 Nissan, 5763

Evan Weiner

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Allies in war, not sports


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | The two allies who fought in the Iraq conflict are apparently ready to go their separate ways in the pursuit of the 2012 summer olympics.

British prime minister Tony Blair is ready to throw his support behind London's bid to land the 2012 games and that puts him in a direct battle with the United States, which has already chosen New York as its nominee for the games.

In the next ten weeks or so, countries around the world will be putting the final touches on their plans to bid for the games. French president Jacques Chirac, who was on the wrong side of the Iraq debate as far as president Bush and Blair are concerned, plans to support a paris bid.

Germany, which also did not support the Bush-Blair coalition, will bid for the games as will South Africa.

Will the the iraq debate spill over when awarding gets the 2012 games?

More than likely the answer will be "yes," as many countries who did not support the Iraq action get a vote in the olympic selection process and we may find out in 2005 just how well received the US and the UK really are globally.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.

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