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On December 23 2005 Israeli IOC member and part of the London 2012 Co-ordination Commission Alex Gilady recognized to BBC that a mistake made by one of the IOC members during the votation had decisively helped the London bid. The unidentified IOC member would have given Paris the vote intended for Madrid, giving the French capital a total of 33 votes instead of 32 each in the third round.
Juan Antonio Samaranch had declared (El Mundo, 23 December 2005) after the July elections that the two votes Madrid missed were a mistake by the Greek IOC member Lambis Nikolau (who had shown his intentions of voting in favour of Madrid prior to the election), and the vote of someone who didn't vote at all.
On December 28 2005 Mr Nikolau declared that he had been the member who didn't vote in the third round.--RiseRover 12:53, 28 December 2005 (UTC)