POSTED: May 4th 2009

Madrid inspection under way

Nawal El Moutawakel: evaluation group leader / lake images
Nawal El Moutawakel: evaluation group leader / lake images

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MADRID: The IOC commission has arrived in Madrid for the week to carry out their final leg of the 2016 bid city tour. Bid leader Mercedes Coghen together with the Prince and Princess of the Asturias officially greeted the IOC team as they arrived in the Spanish capital direct from evaluations in Rio de Janeiro.

The 13 member IOC team was met with smiling children bearing drawings of the IOC members and to celebrate their arrival an enormous 40m2 Madrid 2016 logo was erected in Valdebebas Park. The drawing was done with ecological paint and represents the personal touch that the Spaniards and the Madrileños have projected throughout their bid.

Coghen commented on the upcoming presentations, “Madrid’s bid is completely financially guaranteed by the government and hugely supported by the public, volunteers, commercial partners, government and the Royal family.”

She noted that the city has a wide experience of hosting world level sporting events with over 200 being held in the city over the last ten years. Special care has been taken to lay out a plan that is especially environmentally friendly and well prepared.

“Madrid is a fabulous capital city with over seven million visitors every year and in 2016 the whole city will become an Olympic village,” she said.

Madrid Mayor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, said, "Madrid, along with the whole of Spain, is passionate about sport. Our vision is to take the key values of sport and the Olympics and integrate them in to everyone’s daily lives across the city. We want the Games to leave a lasting legacy of these values both at home and abroad.”

“We hope to demonstrate this to the members of the Evaluation Commission this week as well as all that our great capital has to offer.”

The commission will hear briefings tomorrow and go out on tour to see the proposed venues on Wednesday.

The IOC team is set for a working week in the city then back to Lausanne to begin preparations on the final report on the four bid cities Chicago, Madrid, Rio, and Tokyo. The final report will be made public one month prior to the vote October 2 in Copenhagen.

Keywords · Madrid 2016 · olympic bid · Mercedes Coghen · Prince and Princess of the Asturias · Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon

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