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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 June, 2005, 10:35 GMT 11:35 UK
Rivals for 2012: Moscow
BBC Sport assesses the strengths and weaknesses of Moscow's bid to stage the Olympics in 2012.

A view of Moscow's planned Olympic Park
Most events in five complexes within 10km radius along Moscow River
All events within city limits
71% of venues already built
More than 100 major events hosted since 1980 Games
60,000 visitors can travel by boat to Olympic venues
Moscow sees its ability to stage every event inside the city borders as the key to its bid for the 2012 Games.

Bid leader Valery Shantsev says Moscow would stage the "most compact Games ever" if it won the bid.

Russia believes hosting in 2012 would make up for the disappointment of what happened last time it staged the Olympics in 1980.

The Games were weakened by an American-led boycott following the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan a year earlier.

But the International Olympic Committee will take some convincing that Moscow is up to hosting this time.

The IOC's evaluation of the five candidate cities last May placed Moscow fifth, the Russian capital lagging behind in areas such as infrastructure, accommodation, project and legacy and security.

Population: 10,400,000
Olympic history: Hosted in 1980
Other Russian bids: 2004
(St Petersburg)
Betting odds: 50-1
And the final inspection report on 6 June highlighted a lack of detailed planning, leaving Moscow lagging well behind going into the final month of campaigning.

The city's plan involves holding most sporting events in a series of complexes clustered around the Moscow River.

And it is estimated that 60,000 visitors would be able to travel by boat from 70 passenger piers to the venues.

The most distant would be the sailing venue in the north of the city, and the Moscow bid team says say 71% of the required facilities are already in place.

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