British Muslims urge Muslim Countries to Back London Olympics Bid

05 Jul 2005

The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, has written to the Organization of the Islamic Conference Secretary General, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, urging that Muslim member countries back London in its bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

The decision as to which of the candidate cities will host the Olympics will be taken by International Olympic Committee members tomorrow, Wednesday 6th July. With Paris as the current favourite and news of its marginal lead over London steadily closing, Sir Iqbal Sacranie in his role as Bid Ambassador, has today written to the OIC, commending London’s bid.

London’s vibrant multiculturalism and its positive and active engagement with the city’s many different ethnic, racial and religious communities marks it out as uniquely placed to host the world’s most prestigious sporting event.

‘The Muslim community fully embraces London’s bid for the 2012 Games and we want to play an active role in supporting the effort’, he wrote. ‘The city’s bid will provide our communities with many benefits. Its important contribution in regenerating an area of east London which has long been neglected and providing opportunities for employment, affordable housing and training initiatives, cannot be underestimated. For this reason I urge Muslim countries to vote in favour of London as their city of choice’, he added.

With the decision too close to call and Muslim members making up 15 of the 116 votes, the Muslim Council of Britain hopes that London will win the Olympic bid.