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Friday, 13 July, 2001, 18:48 GMT 19:48 UK
Toronto deflated by Olympic loss
Disappointment In Toronto at the result of the IOC vote
Toronto presented itself as a risk-free option
By Lee Carter in Toronto

News of the 2008 Olympic Games being awarded to Beijing has been greeted with disappointment in Toronto.

Many analysts had considered the Canadian city to be the strongest runner-up.

Ahead of the International Olympic Committee decision, the festivities started early in Toronto with a breakfast street party.

The voting seemed to be over so soon after it started that it took a few minutes for the news that the games had gone to Beijing to sink in.

Disappointment In Toronto at the result of the IOC vote
Officials in Toronto promised to put in another bid for the games
Canada's most populous city had presented itself as a risk-free, multi-cultural option.

In the last few days there had been sudden and increasing optimism that Toronto might actually beat the favourite.

David Crombie, the chairman of the bid committee and a former city mayor, expressed the disappointment of many.

"It is a mixture of emotions. Boy, you sure want to win - it's better to win. But if you're going to lose, the second best thing is to lose with grace - and promise you're going to come back again," he said.

A lot of people think Toronto will bid again - and at the end of the day, Toronto's loss may be to the advantage of another Canadian city - Vancouver is bidding for the Winter Olympics in 2010.

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