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    MOSCOW MAYOR HOPES TO BRING TRADITIONAL GOODWILL GAMES "BACK FROM OBLIVION"

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    NEW YORK, February 6. /RIA Novosti correspondent/ -- Moscow and New York will not be enemies but rivals in the struggle for the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. In this way mayor of the Russian capital Yuri Luzhkov characterized the contents of the Thursday talk he held on this theme with his New York counterpart Michael Bloomberg.

    "We agreed that, even if there is rivalry, it will be civilized, at the level of high decency", Luhkov said answering RIA Novosti's question.

    Along with Moscow and New York, Paris, London, Leipzig, Madrid, Istanbul, Havana and Rio de Janeiro are also claiming the right to host the 2012 Olympics. The primary choice of candidates will be held on May 18, 2004. The final decision on the host city of the Summer Olympics of 2012 will be taken at the 117th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Singapore on July 6, 2005.

    Luzhkov is leaving New York for Salt Lake City on Friday to attend the closure of the Moscow-Utah youth Games which are being held there under the IOC patronage.

    According to the Moscow mayor, he will propose that "at one of its sessions the IOC take a decision that the 21st century be marked by holding Under-17 Olympic Games ".

    "I think that, in the final analysis, I will succeed in translating this idea into life, " Luzhkov said and added that he deemed it expedient also to bring the Goodwill Games "back from oblivion".

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