Sydney will support India's bid for 2020 Olympics: Iemma

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Mumbai, Nov 22 (UNI) Sydney will join London in providing expertise and support to any bid by Delhi for the 2020 Olympic Games, New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma said today.

Addressing a media meet here, the NSW premier who led the largest ever delegation from Australia to promote investment, business, tourism and education links with the emerging superpower, said ''If Delhi was successful in a bid, Sydney would also assist in organising the event.'' Premier Iemma's statment came close on the heels of the pledge of support for Delhi from Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Sebastian Coe, head of 2012 London Olympic Games body.

Earlier, during his visit to the city, Premier Iemma and Mayor Livingstone met here this morning and reiterated commitment of their capital cities to India, which, they said, was an old friend offering new opportunities.

Mr Iemma said while London could offer very contemporary support based on the Games it will host in 2012, Sydney could assist Delhi in particular working through the so-called 'legacy issues'.

''Seven years after Sydney's hugely successful Olympics, we have successfully addressed a lot of the legacy issues,'' Mr Iemma said.

''This has included, for example, the evolution of Sydney Olympic Park into a new precinct, which pays its way. I have advised Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association, Raja Rhandir Singh, of the offer of support from the NSW Government,'' he added.

Sydney would be delighted to help Delhi in the preparation of the bid and, if successful, in the organising of the Games, the NSW premier said.

The successful bid city for 2020 Games will be decided in 2013.

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