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London Out Of 2008 Olympic Bid -- June 18, 1998

LONDON - The British Olympic Association (BOA) virtually ruled out a London bid for the 2008 Olympics, hoping, instead, to seek the 2012 Olympic Games. The BOA said that the decision was made because Toronto, Canada; Osaka, Japan; Seville, Spain; and Istanbul, Turkey want to host the 2008 Games. Buenos Aires, Argentina is also expected to make a bid. The BOA said it is unlikely the 2008 Games will be awarded to a European city since the 2004 Summer Olympics will be in Athens, Greece. The U.S. Olympic Committee is considering bids by nine U.S. cities that want to host the 2012 Games.