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Maria Sharapova Supports Moscow Olymic Bid

Maria Sharapova Excited About Possibility of Moscow Hosting 2012 Olympic Games

Moscow, Friday 20 May 2005: Maria Sharapova, one of the world's top female tennis players, has reaffirmed her support for Moscow's bid to host the 2012 Games.

Just days before the French Open kicks-off in Paris, the 18-year-old Russian sports star, who last year took the trophies at Wimbledon and the WTA Championships, said: "I'm really excited about competing at Roland Garros next week – it's a great tournament – and I'm also very excited about the possibility of Moscow hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

Maria Sharapova became an international ambassador for the Moscow 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid in January this year. Along with other sports stars who are official Moscow 2012 ambassadors – including gymnast Svetlana Khorkina and boxing champion Kostya Tszyu – she will be crossing her fingers on 6 July when the members of the International Olympic Committee vote to choose the Host City for the 2012 Games at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore.


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