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Games of the XXX Olympiad: London 2012

London 2012 Summer Olympics

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Appointment of the Games of the XXX Olympiad

[Flag of of the 117th IOC Session - Singapour 2005]
Emblem from
International Olympic Committee
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005.

The final decision shall be made in Singapore on 6 July 2005. The other candidates are New York, London, Madrid and Moscow.
Ivan Sache, April 9, 2005.

    THE VOTE ON 6 JULY 2005
    6 July 2005

The host city of the Games of the XXX Olympiad will be elected at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore on 6 July 2005, when a secret ballot is held among all IOC members. The announcement of the winning city is expected to be made at 7.30 p.m. (GMT+8)

Voting procedure.
Voting will take place in successive rounds until one candidate receives a majority of those voting. The ballot continues until one candidate gets an absolute majority of the votes cast. IOC members ukom a country whose city is a candidate in the election must abstain from taking part in the vote.
Non-votes, spoiled votes, and abstentions do not count toward the calculation of the majority. For example, if 100 members are present, but four (4) abstain, the number of votes needed to win is 49. If no candidate city achieves a majority in the first round, the candidate with the fewest votes drops out of the running, and the members vote again on the remaining candidates. If two or more cities are tied for the lowest number of votes, a runoff election will be held between them, with the winner going on to the next round.

Televised Vote.
As part of the reforms undertaken by the IOC at the end of 1999, IOC Sessions are open to the media via closed circuit telecast. This has been the case since the 109th Session in Seoul in 1999. The closed circuit feed of the election will be available for broadcast.

Electronic Vote.
The members will vote by electronic device, which immediately and securely tallies the votes. The electronic voting devices were first introduced during the 111th Session in Sydney in 2000 as part of the organisation's drive to update its policies and procedures. The voting system is certified by an independent company. How each member votes is not recorded to shield the member from external pressures to vote in a certain way. If multiple rounds are needed, the IOC will immediately announce which cities will go on to the next round. The tally of votes per round will be reported after the conclusion of the election.

Quoted by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 6 July 2005.

    ©IOC/Eric Goh
    6 July 2005

The host city for the Games of the XXX Olympiad will be the city of London. Following four rounds of voting by members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), today, at the 117th IOC Session, in Singapore, London eventually triumphed by taking 54 votes from a possible 104. This gave London the majority that it needed to be elected as the host city for the 2012 Games. London had to overcome stiff competition, however, in the form of Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid in its bid to get the Games.

Quoted by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 6 July 2005.

Candidate cities

[London 2012 bid flag]
Emblem by London 2012 Bid
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005.

[London 2012
Emblem by London 2012 Bid
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005.

[London 2012 bid red flag]
Emblem by London 2012 Bid
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005.

Official site of the cadidate city: London candidate city
Reported by: Esteban Rivera, April 23, 2005.

I can't check the version without an extra slogan, but all the flags I have seen have been 1:2. The two flying near here at the moment both have the "Back the bid" slogan, as in the picture I mentioned in February, which is still sitting around at this photo. I have vague memories of seeing somewhere just the logo on a bedsheet, with the logo taking up roughly the same amount of the flag as the logo+slogan does in this case.
Jonathan Dixon, July 7, 2005.

The shape of the stripes in the Olympic colours which weave through the lettering represents the course of the River Thames through London.
André Coutanche, July 2005.

[Madrid 2012 bid flag]        [Madrid 2012 bid emblem]
Emblem by Madrid 2012 Bid
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005.

The following images scanned from the "Cámara Madrid" journal, showing triangular flags on the Great Wall (P. R. of China) promoting Madrid's candidacy to the 2012 Olympic Games:

es@... Picture in the "Cámara Madrid" journal es@... Detail of the (nearest) red flag es@... Detail of the white flag es@... Detail of an unidentified green flag with yellow-purple flamules in the background

The red and white flags show, in white and red respectively, the Madrid 2012 logo with only the English caption (CANDIDATE CITY) and beneath it the official slogan "MADRID 2012 READY FOR YOU" in Chinese and English.

  • Madrid Chamber of Commerce journal "Cámara Madrid", February 2005
  • Madrid 2012 Candidate City website (

Santiago Dotor, February 23, 2005.

"Madrid 2012´s trademark is made up of 2 graphical elements: the symbol and “Madrid 2012"'s full emblem.
"The symbol is the graphic shape which serves as the project or body’s emblem and is designed to be both representative and recognisable. Graphically, it appears as a solid and irregular shaped mark, vertically positioned. Evoking the Olympic flame or the energy of a rippling flag, its significance can also be extended to the feelings of elation and passion generated by important events within a community.
"Madrid 2012's new corporate image includes the five Olympic arcs, as assigned to candidate cities. The Olympic symbol represents the union of the five continents and that the Games provide the meeting point for the world's athletes. Candidate cities should always include the caption alongside the Olympic Arcs."

From the Madrid 2012 website
Posted by: Santiago Dotor

[Moscow 2012 bid emblem]
by Moscow 2012 Bid
July 2005.

[Moscow 2012 bid flag]
Emblem by Moscow 2012 Bid
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005.

[Moscow 2012 bid flag]
Emblem by Moscow 2012 Bid
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán. July 2005.

[New York 2012 bid flag]
Emblem by New York City 2012 Bid
Flag by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005.

[Paris 2012 bid flag]
Paris 2012 Olympics candidate flag
image by Arnaud Leroy, 14 April 2005

The French national Olympic Committee is called Comité National Olympique et Sportif Francais. His current president is Henri Serrandour.
Following the tradition, the French medalists in the Athens Olympic Games were invited on 28 September 2004 at the palais de l'Élysée, the seat of the French presidency, by President of the Republic Jacques Chirac.
The flag of the CNOSF can be seen on the group photo taken during the ceremony. The flag is white with the Olympic rings surmounted by FRANCE in blue letters. There is a red horizontal line between FRANCE and the rings.
On top of photo can be seen the flag promoting Paris as a candidate town for 2012, placed behind the group. The flag is white with the Olympic rings surmounted with the logotype PARIS 2012, in the following colours:
P red
A yellow
R black
I blue
S green
2 green
0 yellow
1 blue
2 red

The "S" of Paris and the first "2" of "2012" form a heart. The colours of the letters recall the colours of the Olympic rings, but not in the same order. VILLE CANDIDATE is written in black below the logotype. The Olympic rings are placed below the writing.
Ivan Sache, 9 April 2005

Flags at London Olympics

For us flag fans, here's a picture of the "House of Flags display at Parliament Square in preparation for the Olympics. More than 200 panels represent the countries participating in the London Games":
Esteban Rivera, 27 July 2012

Team Malawi marched with the 1964-2010 flag. So, I could be said tha the old flag has been officially adopted.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 27 July 2012

I just watched the opening and noticed the same thing. However, I am still wondering if this is official, or if it is the second flag error at the games (after flying the South Korean flag at a North Korean soccer match). But since the Malawi team marched smiling under this flag, I think we have to assume its official.
Volker Monterey, 28 July 2012