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Maria Sharapova Supports Moscow 2012 Olympic Bid

Tennis Star Maria Sharapova Supports Moscow 2012 Olympic Bid

The Moscow 2012 Bid Committee is proud to announce that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has agreed to become an Ambassador to promote Moscow as the Host City for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova.

“For Moscow to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games would be a dream for me and millions of other Russians, and I am looking forward to helping explain why Moscow should host the Games,” says Sharapova.

“Russia has a very strong history of sport and having the Olympic Games in Moscow in 2012 would be a new and brilliant chapter in that history,” says the 17-year-old.

Welcoming her as an Ambassador, the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, said: “We are delighted that Maria Sharapova, a bright young sports star, has agreed to be an international ambassador for our bid. She is an example of the finest Russia has to offer the world and the perfect symbol for Moscow’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Sharapova is currently playing in the Australian Open and hopes to build on her success of last year – winning Wimbledon in July and the WTA Tour Championships in November.

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