Moscow is seen as a long shot
MOSCOW -- The Russian capital offers much of what Athens had eight years ago when it was bidding for the Olympics -- dirty air, infuriating traffic, an overtaxed international airport and a history of terrorist attacks.
But Moscow also has an inventive and compact plan for staging the 2012 Summer Games, a recent record of well-run major sports events and an energetic determination to reassert Russia's status as one of the world's major sports powers.
"It is a great opportunity ...
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