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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shantsev Optimistic on Moscow's Olympic Bid

VedomostiMoscow Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev
Moscow Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev expressed high hopes for Moscow's 2012 Olympic bid during a presentation of the city's official bid application in Vienna on Saturday.

"It is true that in order to host the 2012 Olympics, Moscow will be competing against strong rivals such as New York, London, Madrid and Paris, but we believe that the final decision will be made in favor of Moscow due to a number of objective and subjective reasons," he said.

Moscow City Hall is hopeful because 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Russia's participation in the Olympics. Shanstev said he was confident that most of Moscow's facilities would be in good shape in time for the Games.

He added that there were plans being developed to build two new stadiums and to renovate an existing one. The construction of a tennis center, to be named after former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, is also being considered, according to Shantsev.

In a news conference with Austrian journalists, Shantsev spoke in defense of Moscow's ecological condition.

"The ecology of Moscow and the city's air quality are in no way lower, and are in some sense even better than that in the other competing cities, and they fully comply with international standards," Shantsev said.

"As for the Moscow River, people go fishing right next to the Kremlin. Come [to Moscow] and see for yourself."