POSTED: February 11th 2009

Madrid and Rio sign in for 2016

Lausanne welcome for Madrid's handover team  / Image: Madrid 2016
Lausanne welcome for Madrid's handover team / Image: Madrid 2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: The Latin message has most certainly reached the International Olympic Committee after bid leaders from Madrid and Rio de Janeiro handed over their candidature file for 2016 in Lausanne.

The Madrid team included managing director Antonio Fernández Arimany and Raúl Chapado, the director of sports and projects. Among the 16 envoys were Spanish Olympic long-jump medallist Joan Lino Martínez and Paralympic swimming medallist Teresa Perales.

The file covers 600 pages, three volumes, 17 topics, 500 guarantees and 80 images and had been produced by a team of 150, working since May last year. Madrid claims 92pc support from the Spanish public and considers itself the “safest choice” because it claims 77 per cent of its venues are already completed or under construction.

“Now the file has been submitted we can say the race for 2016 has truly begun,” said Madrid 2016 ceo Mercedes Coghen.

Rio’s bid file was the first to be submitted in its pursuit of a historic first Games in South America. Rio’s delegation included bid ceo Carlos Luiz Martins and bid chief operations officer Rafael Lima Pires.

Martins said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio would inspire more than 65m young people in Brazil and 180m across South America. Our bid has the total support of all levels of Government, thereby assuring the feasibility of staging the Games in 2016 and delivering lasting benefits to the country and the continent.”

Keywords · Madrid · Rio de Janeiro · 2016 · Olympic Games · IOC

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