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London to Reveal Detailed Plans for 2012 Olympics


London has revealed its detailed plans for hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, with bid chief Sebastian Coe promising a Games of excellence without extravagance.

The former star middle distance runner told a London news conference he believes London can beat the competition from Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow. The International Olympic Committee will make its selection next July in Singapore.

Coe said the London bid had responded to comments by the IOC in its May report on the strengths and weaknesses of the five bid cities, as he outlined details of its formal 'bid book' sent to IOC headquarters in Lausanne Monday.

Changes included moving some sporting venues closer to London to offer a more compact games. And Coe added that 80 percent of the athletes will now be within 20 minutes of their competitions.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.