Madrid 2020 delivers 'the best of 2012 and 2016 bid' in application to IOC
Madrid’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games reached a new milestone today when committee Chief and Spanish Olympic Committee President Alejandro Blanco led a team that delivered the application file and guarantee letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne.
Eighty copies of the document were handed to the IOC that was published in English and Spanish.
“We were received by Jacqueline Barrett, who took a look at the dossier that answers all questions posed by the Olympic Committee and that I believe will make the Madrid project come true”, Blanco said.
“This dossier has been thoroughly analyzed, well structured and well presented”.
“Spain is going through difficult economic moments, but in times of crisis there are two possible solutions – we can just hide or step forward and say ‘here I am with this bid’. I believe this is good for the city and for the country – we are ready to host a high-level Olympics”.
Earlier in the day, Madrid’s biggest European rival Rome was forced to drop out of the race after the Italian Prime Minister refused to endorse the expensive plan in the midst of a national financial crisis.
This is Madrid’s third consecutive bid – and the fifth in a row for Spain. Madrid fell just short in the 2016 campaign after losing the final ballot to Rio de Janeiro.
Madrid 2020 International Relations CEO Theresa Zabell said the application combines the best of the 2012 and 2016 bids “…with new, intelligent and innovative elements”.
“It is not only that Madrid wishes to host the Olympic Games; I do believe Madrid needs them.
“Now more than ever before the capital of Spain will give its very best”.
After Wednesday’s application deadline the IOC will evaluate the application and select a short list of candidate on May 23 in Quebec City, Canada.Write or read comments about this article
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