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Madrid 2016 Extends Competition Venues Area

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Following a two-year regeneration project the Madrid’s City Council has been developing on the Manzanares riverbank, and can now extend its sports venues for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games bid.

Madrid’s Mayor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, announced that the location of all the competition venues for the Games would be in two main clusters.

The core of the 2016 Games would be located at the Eastern zone of the city, where the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatic Centre, the Olympic Village, the Real Madrid Arena (for basketball) and the IFEMA Fairgrounds (eight sports plus the International Broadcasting Centre and the Main Press Centre) would be placed.

The second cluster would be the River Zone, which, along the Manzanares river bank, from the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid to Getafe, would host the venues for nine sports – rowing, beach volleyball, archery (finals), cycling, tennis, modern pentathlon, triathlon, equestrian and rhythmic gymnastics. According to the Mayo this cluster includes the Tennis Centre and the new Rowing channel in Getafe.

Ruiz-Gallardon said, “due to the Olympic project the river’s bank will become a public riverside park where sport, culture and music will be the main protagonists in a privileged environment”. Write or read comments about this article

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