POSTED: December 17th 2008
NewsUpdate

Spanish Parliament supports Madrid

Puerta Del Sol / Image: Courtesy of the Tourist Office of Spain in Miami
Puerta Del Sol / Image: Courtesy of the Tourist Office of Spain in Miami

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MADRID: The Spanish Parliament supports Madrid 2016 with an official endorsement of approval and lends their full support for the capital city’s Olympic bid.

The Spanish lower chamber (Cortes) fully stands behind the commitment saying: ‘As representatives of the citizens of Spain, the Congress of Deputies considers the Olympic Games to be a cultural and sporting manifestation of the highest order which constitutes an expression of peace and understanding between towns and humanity. To host a Games will not only be an honour for Madrid, but for the whole Spanish people.’

Attending the decision were the Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, Deputy Mayor Manuel Cobo, Madrid 2016 bid leader Mercedes Coghen, and socialist spokesperson David Lucas.

Mercedes Coghen explaimed, “The Madrid bid has full support from all areas of Spanish life and culture – everyone from citizens in the street through companies and the King and Government back us in trying to bring the Games to Madrid.”
 
“This vote of support from the Parliament shows how all politicians are behind us, regardless of part or affiliation. All of Spain wants the 2016 Games!”

In the official government statement they noted, “the Congress of Deputies considers the Olympic Games to be a cultural and sporting manifestation of the highest order which constitutes an expression of peace and understanding between towns and humanity.”

The vote will take place October 2nd in Copenhagen and IOC members will be choosing between Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Keywords · Madrid · Madrid 2016 · Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón · Deputy Mayor Manuel Cobo · Mercedes Coghen · David Lucas · olympic bid


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