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Hi you all!

I have been translating this word from the Spanish newpapers El Pais. I think it's quite an interesting article. I hope the translation is good enough for you to get it :)

Original Article in Spanish

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ALL OR NOTHING FOR GALLARDÓN

"Something must know the mayor to ignore the rest. As always cautious, so used to leave a door open, and now ... is dedicated and committed all their image in this project," he slides a near mayor Alberto Ruiz - Gallardón. Five days to the election in Copenhagen in the host city for the 2016 Games, optimism is boundless.

Never mind that the IOC reports were not good. Never mind that the unwritten rule of rotation of continents Madrid discard to a stroke. Transcendence does not even have any bookmaker granted options. Nothing. The City Council of Madrid, 10 days ahead of the verdict on who will organize the 2016 Olympic Games, already preparing a big celebration in the Plaza de la Cibeles to October 3. But the truth is that the struggle is too tight. Gallardón plays next Friday at all or nothing. If it does not work, if Madrid fell in the first round, something that during this three years nobody has wanted to talk about it, the wound would be deeper than four years ago.

On 6 July 2005 in the central hall of the Convention City of Singapore, Lambis Nikolaou, an IOC member from Greece, pushed the wrong button and gave his vote to Paris. It was the third round and was expected to support Madrid, which until then was in the lead. The Greek stood up, rather embarrassed, asked the IOC President to change his vote, but there was nothing to do. We never knew what happened, but gave a point crucial to the French candidate for Madrid to fell.

A shudder ran through all the Spanish delegation. The great missed chance. It was the perfect time. And as it is right now, nobody, and especially the mayor, had expected to lose. Gallardón had to appear at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore to explain what happened. Just had to say "thanks" and "congratulations to the winner." But he was sunk. Blocked, as assistants reported. His closest fellow and the political supervisor of the project, Manuel Cobo, was devastated. The blow was hard. For the speech, drew courage. "We have begun the journey and we will conclude it. One day Madrid will host the Olympics," he said. And his words that night appointed him to this week in Copenhagen.

But that day there was still the trip back to Spain and a funeral was announced. The rogues that the City had hired went quiet and the guitars hidden in the aircraft hold. Madrid was out of the race, perhaps by the devastating question of Prince Albert of Monaco on terrorism in Spain. On the security and the bombing near La Peineta stadium. And then, in the air, back home, the commander reported that London the city that had been awarded the games, had just suffered a terrorist attack with 56 dead and 700 injured.

The flight became an impromptu press office. All journalists seeking political reactions, and it was inevitable to remember Albert of Monaco. "The question of the prince had been grueling. It seemed appropriate. And then what happened in London. Geeze ...", reminds one of the passengers of the aircraft. In that plane, Gallardón spoke with Secretary of State for Sports Jaime Lissavetzky, to rebuild the Olympic dream for 2016. "We said we had to think, leave a time inbetween. It seemed appropiate to use all the energy we had," recalls Lissavetzky, visible head of government in this project and now good friend of Gallardón, despite the acrimonious debates that both held years ago in the Assembly .

They let through this "conservative" time. They had meetings and Gallardón personally interviewed IOC president Jacques Rogge. He wanted to make sure that the rotation of continents with London hosting the Games will not rule out a pre-Madrid's future career. And Rogge assured him.

The idea was good. For the city and Gallardón himself. Only re-bidding, Madrid would increase its position in the world. More tourism, more publicity ... more money. For the mayor, always thinking about La Moncloa, no evil was coming from leading an international project from a municipal office. Needless to say, if achieved, Madrid and its mayor will be unstoppable. Anyway, 34 million euros were previously required, but to convince employers would not be a problem for Gallardón, very used to deal with dozens of builders and banks that have reshaped the city during their terms.

For the new project sought a figurehead. Sebastian Coe, athlete, politician and leader of the delegation of the victorious London, had captivated the world with their representative power. "We thought it had to be a versatile profile. Olympic Medal, management skills, languages, closely related to the Olympics and other federations ...", remember the vice mayor, Manuel Cobo. So he named Mercedes Coghen, former hockey player (who had been defeated earlier by Alejandro Blanco in the struggle to chair the NOC) CEO of Madrid 16. Additionally, the play-off project to a member of the former with a technical delegation, as Antonio Fernandez Arimany, and hired a communications chief who knew the sports and was TV conductor, Juan Antonio Villanueva.

After forming the team, had to start working. Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC honorary president and the most influential man of the Olympic movement, warned the mayor that he must improve international diplomacy. "What you need to greatly strengthen is the team contact with IOC members," he said in an interview.

Because in the "Olympic family", especially when it comes to an end of this kind, no matter who has the best project, but who is able to promise favors, benefits, agreements and future partnerships. "It pulls the race off the one who dinners with everyone, the one that remembers friends and makes timely visit at the right time," explains an expert in such efforts. Politics, in short. So this time the mayor had a suitcase always ready in his office.

During the past three years, Gallardón has traveled five continents. Officially been in Beijing, Athens, Bali, Abuja, Istanbul, Kuwait, Queenstown ... Cities where there was some Olympic event held. In addition, unofficially, always accompanied by Mercedes Coghen or Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., has stepped on the carpet of dozens of hotels around the world to convince, in secret, each of the 106 IOC members who will be in Copenhagen. "He has taken five times round the world in pursuit of IOC members. And that's easy to say ... But it is the only mayor who has been at all events where there was a possible vote. He has spoken several times with everyone," said Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the only Spanish IOC member and member of the Spanish candidacy. "More can not be done," he insists.

And that's the main difference between the adventure of 2012 and 2016. "Gallardón was introduced to every single IOC member. Now you do not need. All they know him and appreciate him," says Cobo. "Alberto knows more about the field and more people known to him. This world has its codes and must be mastered," illustrates the chairman of the Spanish Olympic Committe, Alejandro Blanco.

Nor has lost a trip. And this time, the fight is much closer than in 2012 when Paris was a clear favorite. Anything can happen, especially when they start the second and third ballots.

In short, Gallardón, now saying good-bye to the city with a massive party at Cibeles and has had promotional events until the last day, is being played up for this. "He's nervous, but confident. Convinced, really, we will succeed," says one close associate. What if he loses? Feigned to leave everything as usual? "No, no way." Where going? It will not be fiscal. Nor is Zaplana and go to private enterprise. Gallardón would repeat as mayor and wait. If Rajoy wins, then he will try to be on his team. If Mariano loses, it will be his last chance to achieve his dream of reaching La Moncloa", explains a member of the regional leadership of the Popular Party.

"The priority of my administration has been to get the Games," released recently Gallardón, leaving poke that would assume responsibility for a defeat, although it would be the citizens who would judge on the ballot in 2011. But a third term, with all their completed projects with a debt of 7,000 million euros and without the consolation of the games can get very long. Ana Botella, vicemayor of the city, is waiting her turn.

What if Madrid wins? At a dinner of the Olympic patronage, Gallardón dropped a jocular comment, that Obama would not come to Copenhagen to risk losing against Madrid. Some looked stunned. The comment seemed a bit left over. Perhaps they thought no good. The power of that image, even unintentionally, it would be difficult to not profit politically: Obama finally comes to Denmark, Chicago is a finalist along with Madrid in a close vote, and finally the project for which Gallardón has invest all his efforts during last three years, wins over the one of the most influential man on the planet ...

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Re the article, well, it's a good way to travel the world on public funds...which you can't do for an Olympic bid in the US. So, if I were in Spain or Brazil, why not?? :blink:

The reason that Chicago has an active and vocal opposition movement to the games is that public officials have used public funds for the 2016 bid. In a city that has failed to pay its city employees because it's broke ("furloughed" is the technical term) and has had to close down city services because it's broke, at least 50% of the public is opposed to the Olympics in Chicago. Add to that the almost 100% conceptual nature of the bid, relying on private financing but awaiting public guarantees (THAT is the implicit message of Obama's high-profile gambit)...this is the only city in rebellion against the Games. Go to NoGamesChicago.com and get the details.

The open secret in the US press is that it's all or nothing for Obama: he would NOT go to Copenhagen unless assurances have been made that he'll leave with a "win"...because he ain't gonna go out on a limb and come up short...not for Daly...not for no one. Excuse the bad English.

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The reason that Chicago has an active and vocal opposition movement to the games is that public officials have used public funds for the 2016 bid. In a city that has failed to pay its city employees because it's broke ("furloughed" is the technical term) and has had to close down city services because it's broke, at least 50% of the public is opposed to the Olympics in Chicago. Add to that the almost 100% conceptual nature of the bid, relying on private financing but awaiting public guarantees (THAT is the implicit message of Obama's high-profile gambit)...this is the only city in rebellion against the Games. Go to NoGamesChicago.com and get the details.

The open secret in the US press is that it's all or nothing for Obama: he would NOT go to Copenhagen unless assurances have been made that he'll leave with a "win"...because he ain't gonna go out on a limb and come up short...not for Daly...not for no one. Excuse the bad English.

U're so full of bullsh*t!!

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The reason that Chicago has an active and vocal opposition movement to the games is that public officials have used public funds for the 2016 bid. In a city that has failed to pay its city employees because it's broke ("furloughed" is the technical term) and has had to close down city services because it's broke, at least 50% of the public is opposed to the Olympics in Chicago. Add to that the almost 100% conceptual nature of the bid, relying on private financing but awaiting public guarantees (THAT is the implicit message of Obama's high-profile gambit)...this is the only city in rebellion against the Games. Go to NoGamesChicago.com and get the details.

The open secret in the US press is that it's all or nothing for Obama: he would NOT go to Copenhagen unless assurances have been made that he'll leave with a "win"...because he ain't gonna go out on a limb and come up short...not for Daly...not for no one. Excuse the bad English.

You're becoming consistently more ridiculous with every post, Madrith. The city is not in rebellion against the Games and there have been no public funds used in the bid effort. Chicago has a very active donor base, several Fortune 500 companies, and an active fundraiser in Pat Ryan.

The city is not failing to pay its employees. The city is adding a few unpaid holiday days to reduce expenses but, aside from some unexpected inconvenience - it's largely unnoticed. This is what the city paper is saying:

Chicago Tribune - May 2009

The remarks came as the Daley administration announced as many as 14 more unpaid days off for non-union city workers. With the City Council's approval, the mayor's plan would mean seven furlough days and no pay on as many as seven holidays this year, Daley said.

the city does have to deal with the same economy as the rest of the country and, by the way, the same economy that Madrid's also dealing with:

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/Gobi...elpepunac_8/Tes

Thus, Madrid stressed that last May, the total number of unemployed in Spain reached 3,620,139 people, 417,273 of whom live in Madrid (11.5%). This figure assumes that only one in nine Spanish unemployed is in the region, a weight far below the labor market in Madrid of Spain, which reaches 16%. In this past month the number of unemployed rose in Madrid 2131 people.

According to a GB member who was there, NoGamesChicago managed about 100 people for a protest - about enough to stretch across one city block:

http://www.gamesbids.com/forums/index.php?...st&p=224352

this is a picture from that thread:

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As almost every local GB member has confirmed about NoGamesChicago, NoGamesChicago is really a political opposition group to Mayor Daley - it doesn't have a realistic view of Chicago 2016 and intentionally and deceptively makes an effort to portray Chicago 2016 negatively. Their profile exists mainly because the press is in need of an opposing point of view on otherwise unchallenged Chicago 2016 stories.

As long as he's been around and as successful as he's been, Obama would realize that this is an election with its own rules and the members have their own decision making criteria. And that there are no guarantees in free elections and no assurances that anyone can give that an election will lead to the expected result.

His Presidential election campaign continued until the last poll closed in November:

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There's no reason to believe the Chicago 2016 campaign's not following a similar pattern.

CHItown '16

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