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1993 - Mr Major’s Doorstep Interview after IOC Olympics Announcement

Below is the text of Mr Major’s doorstep interview, made outside Downing Street on 23rd September 1993, on the announcement of the site of the 2000 Olympics.


QUESTION:

How disappointed are you by the decision?

PRIME MINISTER:

I think everyone is disappointed - in the United Kingdom - the Manchester bid was a very good bid, I don't think they could have done it better. I'm very disappointed for them. That being said I congratulate Sydney. I think they'll provide an outstanding games.

QUESTION:

Do you think it's worth having a second go?

PRIME MINISTER:

Manchester have had a second go. The question is whether they have a third go. That's a decision they'll want to take. I can only say I don't think they could have presented the bid better. They may well wish to try again.

QUESTION:

Would you like to see another British bid in 4 years time?

PRIME MINISTER:

Most certainly.

QUESTION:

Prime Minister, why do you think China didn't get the Games?

PRIME MINISTER:

More people voted for Sydney.

QUESTION:

Do you think, Prime Minister, this is going to fuel Australian's demands to become a Republic?

PRIME MINISTER:

No. I don't think it will make any difference at all. I really don't think it will make any difference. I think this ought to be seen in a sporting context; that's where I believe it's best placed. Sydney produced an extremely good bid as well, and on the night they won.

QUESTION:

Will you be going?

PRIME MINISTER:

I very much hope so.

QUESTION:

Prime Minister, what will your message be to the people of Manchester?

PRIME MINISTER:

I think my message would be they can be extremely proud of the bid Bob Scott and his colleagues put forward. Extremely proud. I think it's given Manchester a remarkably good profile and I hope they're not too downhearted.