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Hosting a Summer Olympic Games can raise the world profile of any city, and many millions of people around the world will have gained an immensely favourable impression of London in 2012. Many great cities have staged the globe’s most impressive sporting event in the past, including Sydney, Paris, Los Angeles and Moscow, but the list of those which haven’t as yet would perhaps surprise many of us. Here are four which have yet to appear on the summer roster.
The Big Apple made a very strong bid to host the 2012 Olympics, but eventually lost out to London. The proposed main stadium would have been located on the West Side of Manhattan, and many iconic sites were proposed as sports venues, including Madison Square Garden, Central Park and the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Perhaps the most famous city never to have been an Olympic host, it’s to be hoped that a bid will prove successful at some point in the future.
Spain’s beautiful capital has yet to hold an Olympic Games, which is perhaps surprising given the warm climate and the popularity of sport in this wonderful city. Thought to be one of the early favourites to win the 2020 bid, the city made unsuccessful attempts for the Games in 1972, 2012 and 2016. The two recent attempts, although not winning bids, may well give Madrid the edge over its main rivals, thought to be Istanbul and Tokyo, when voting takes place in 2013.
Sport is often something of an obsession in Argentina, and many observers thought its capital might be the first South American host city, but this honour will go to Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Buenos Aires has mounted several bids in the past, the first of which was in 1936 when Berlin got the nod, and the last which lost out to Athens in 2004. The city has made a strong bid to host the 2016 Youth Olympic Games, and if successful it could prove to be the starting point for a Summer Olympics bid for 2028.
The 1976 Olympics were held in Montreal, and although there were several impressive sporting moments during the Games the event proved to be a financial disaster for the city. Despite this, Toronto staged a strong bid to become the second Canadian host in 1996, losing out in the end to Atlanta, and given the city’s high global profile nowadays it could commit to further bids in the near future.
David Showell is a big sports fan who lives in the UK. He works for a Mallorca car hire company.