Madrid 2016 official: Rio has worst Olympics bid
September 30, 2009
MADRID (AP) — A Madrid 2016 Olympics bid official has reportedly labeled rival Rio de Janeiro's bid the "worst" of the four cities competing for the right to host the games.
Spanish Olympic Committee vice president Jose Maria Odriozola called Rio "the worst bid" according to Spanish news agency Efe on Wednesday.
Odriozola said Rio's standing as one of the favorites for Friday's vote comes down to marketing and sentimentality and security remains an issue.
"At this point, the IOC is not going to risk it and take the Games to a site where it doesn't have total confidence that it can be done well," said Odriozola, who is also president of the Spanish athletics federation.
Madrid is also competing against Chicago and Tokyo for the right to host the 2016 Summer Games.
Madrid mayor ‘less confident’ about Olympic bid
September 30, 2009
MADRID’S mayor has said he felt more confident about the city’s Olympic bid before meeting the Committee in Copenhagen than afterwards.
Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón told reporters yesterday that he felt a little nervous when presenting his city to the judges in the Danish capital.
But the mayor stresses that Madrid has ‘very favourable circumstances’ that could swing the vote in its favour.
“We have the best product and we have generated a scenario where the evaluation of the product’s quality will be a determining factor,” states Ruiz-Gallardón.
He claims to have ‘many hunches’ about the Spanish capital’s chances, but did not want to go into detail for fear of tempting fate.
Madrid’s mayor is also anxious about what he calls the ‘Obama effect’, which could mean Chicago wins more votes.
But this remains to be seen, with Chicago and Río de Janeiro having locked horns over the latter’s mayor’s having heavily criticised the Brazilian city.
The final decision as to where the 2016 Olympics will be held takes place this Friday.