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Spanish Government Supports Madrid 2016 Bid

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Marca reports that the Spanish government is endorsing Madrid’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Mercedes Cabrera, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, said the Spanish government “will be behind” the initiative of the city of Madrid to present a new candidacy for the 2016 Summer Games.

He called it “good news” and that “a decision of these characteristics will require the cooperation of all the administrations”, adding that the central government “will be behind any initiative of this type”.

Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch said earlier this week that a year after Madrid lost its bid for the 2012 Summer Games, instead of licking its wounds, “we are working to take advantage of the very good work that was done then and to prepare a candidacy” for the 2016 Games.

He added it wasn’t the best news that London, host of the 2012 Summer Games, is in Europe, but that is something that cannot be remedied.

Samaranch said he will be in Madrid Thursday when Madrid’s city council announces a 2016 Olympic bid. Write or read comments about this article

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