Mr Major’s Doorstep Interview after IOC Olympics Announcement – 23 September 1993

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.