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Spanish Prime Minister Takes Over Madrid 2016

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The Macau Daily Times reports Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced Tuesday he will take personal charge of the sports portfolio in order to help Madrid's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

He told a news conference, "I can see that it is the most useful and most efficient way to support Spanish sport where we have had success, and above all for the Spanish candidature for the Olympic Games".

The present Secretary of State for Sport is Jaime Lissavetzky, who is under the minister of education and sport. Zapatero said Lissavetzky would continue in his job but it would be "more useful if the secretary of state worked directly under the presidency of the government".

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Madrid 2016 Summary
Bid Status: Rio won bid
Bid Date: October 2, 2009
Bid Location: IOC Congress in Copenhagen Denmark
Description: Madrid's second consecutive bid, third consecutive for Spain (including Seville for 2008). Madrid received top technical marks and many experts agree that the city was very close to winning their 2012 bid. Spain last hosted a very successful Games in Barcelona in 1992 - they may be ready again.
Bid Book: Link To Bid Book
Web Site: http://www.madrid2016.es