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The question 2012 Olympics

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Final bids to host the 2012 Olympic Games were submitted to the International Olympic Committee last Sunday. Finalists are London, Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris. Apart from London which city would you like to see win the bid and why?

As staging the Olympic Games rarely brings any long term benefits to the chosen city, it is hard to decide whether Paris, New York, Moscow or Madrid should be thus afflicted. However, my vote would go to Moscow because as they have already staged the Games in 1980 the city should just need a bit of painting and decorating. Also I feel that the games facilities bring a certain urban aridness to a place and this would least affect Moscow whose whole style is urban aridness.

Malcolm Millais, 64, structural designer, Matosinhos, Portugal The Olympics have got to be in New York because Paula Radcliffe can win a marathon there.

Paul Russell, 47, customer service manager, London I would like to see the games go to Moscow. They would benefit Moscow much more than the already flourishing London, Madrid, New York and Paris.

Jon Goddard, 25, highway engineer, Manchester It is worth considering which would benefit most from hosting the Olympics. In other words do you give the 3rd year Chemistry Prize to the person who finds the 124th element? Or do you give it to the reformed arsonist who carries out an experiment without burning down the chemistry laboratory?

Using that principle I would have awarded the prize to London, which has shown improvement but has a long way to go - but London aside I'd go for Moscow where considerable reforms have taken place over the last 20 years.

Rob Andrew, 39, policy development manager, Cornwall I am sure that all five short-listed cities would host a spectacular show in 2012 but my vote goes to Moscow. Of the five, Moscow has the most to gain from the Olympic investment and development. It is a fascinating city, retaining its air of mystery for many and with much beautiful but hidden architecture.

Simon Lawrence, 31, senior engineer, Cardiff It has got to be Paris, all the other countries have had the Olympics fairly recently. I intend to support the London bid with the same enthusiasm that London supported the Manchester bids. In other words - what bid?

Mike Battman, 49, senior manager, Altrincham I think Paris should get the games this time mainly on the grounds of it's buggins' turn. Paris is also the most civilised, it already has an excellent transport infrastructure and the French know how to pull out all the stops without restrictive planning laws to hold them up in building new facilities. Besides, it is close to home this time for easy visiting.

Philip Norris, 59, managing director, Tutbury Paris has to be the winner. All its high speed rail links and co-ordinated public transport enable easy access from a huge part of Europe.

John Sreeves, 46, senior engineer, Swindon Madrid, as it will mean we shall be able to watch the events at a decent time and not either get up at 3am or wait up until 3am.

Andrew Worby, 55, civil engineer/solicitor, Bath

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