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Some Not Interested In Prague 2016 Bid - Madrid Is Spain’s Official 2016 Candidate

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A poll released by Praha Olympijska (Olympic Prague) Wednesday regarding Prague’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games shows that about 38 percent of Czechs are not interested, reports CeskeNoviny.cz.

Of two thousand respondents polled, 88 per cent said they know that Prague would like to host the Games and about half of Czechs consider the organization of the Olympics a challenge.

Thirty eight per cent of Czechs and 41 per cent of Praguers supported the idea of a bid while 23 per cent of Czechs and 22 per cent of Praguers were against it.

Also 22 per cent of the respondents said they were willing to help with the Games’ organization as volunteers.

Tomas Petera, head of Praha Olympijska, said the financial analysis of a possible Olympics must be updated. The first study in 2004 concluded that the Olympics would produce of profit of 25 billion crowns but experts and politicians differ in their views about the financial aspects and some claim that city would be highly indebted due to the Olympics.

Meanwhile Reuters reports that Madrid is now Spain’s official candidate for the 2016 Summer Games nearly two years after its failed bid for the 2012 Summer Games.

Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon told a news conference at the Spanish Olympic Committee headquarters in Madrid Wednesday, “our bid will be radically new”, adding “this project is not starting from scratch and objectively we have more of a chance of winning the bid than we did for the 2012 Games”.

He added, “that was an experience that, just as it is with athletes, far from discouraging us has transformed us and encouraged the birth of a new candidature”.

Mercedes Coghen, head of Madrid 2016 said, “today is important, but it’s not like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders. Now comes another important step – filing our candidacy with the IOC”.

The Associated Press reports the mayor said the city was completing new swimming and tennis venues and looking to expand and modernize existing sporting facilities. He said local citizens would be brought into the attempt to bring the Olympics to one of Europe’s most “cosmopolitan” cities.

Potential candidates have until September 13, 2007 to submit their intentions to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and will have to produce a detailed bid plan by February 12, 2009.

The election for a 2016 host city will take place in Copenhagen on October 2, 2009. Write or read comments about this article

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