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New York in last minute Olympic stadium change

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NEW YORK was this week struggling to stay in the running to host the 2012 Olympic Games after changing the location of its main stadium at the weekend.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday that it would accept New York's request to revise its bid, 'subject to guarantees'.

This was despite the fact that the six candidate cities were supposed to guarantee the locations of key facilities when they submitted their bids in February.

The site of the new stadium was announced this week after funding for the original proposal on Manhattan's upper west side fell through.

The new plan is to use an 80,000 capacity baseball stadium, already planned to be built for the New York Mets in Queens. It will be converted to an athletics stadium in 2011 at a cost of £138M.

New York's announcement came just three weeks before IOC members vote for the host city in Singapore. Last week the IOC evaluation commission criticised New York's bid because of the lack of certainty over the stadium site (News last week).

Converting the stadium for Olympic use would be jointly funded by the City and State of New York.

A spokeswoman for the IOC said: 'Normally the bid book must be something that is guaranteed but there are exceptional circumstances here.'

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