The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that London, Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow will vie to host the event. A successful bid will have huge implications for London’s tourism market and Brighton could expect an impressive knock-on effect.
Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Leipzig and Havana were eliminated from the running because their applications were not strong enough.
Bookies say London is a close second in the running behind Paris, which has not hosted the games in nearly 80 years, but has much of the required infrastructure already in place.
London last played host in 1948, and has the recent successful Commonwealth Games in Manchester to its advantage, although some analysts say it may be held back by its inadequate transport system which the IOC has described as "obsolete in parts". Any attempt by Brighton to capitalize on the Games might run into similar shortcomings. Optimists point out that the games are 8 years away but pessimists counter by citing the battle to get a meaningful Park & Ride for the city. Ten years and still counting.
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