6 July 2005
Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon today conveyed his congratulations to Tony Blair and his colleagues following the announcement that London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
"I am delighted at this announcement. This is fantastic news coming after Manchester successfully staged the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It's no secret that I have been a strong supporter of London as the only Commonwealth city bidding for the Games.
"London is one of the most diverse cities in the world - a microcosm of the Commonwealth and indeed, the entire planet - and I am convinced that London 2012 will be a most spectacular and inspiring event."