POSTED: August 31st 2009

Madrid 2016 bid looks good to us, say Bolt and Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo: in winning form already /
Cristiano Ronaldo: in winning form already /

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MADRID: Superstar quality from across the world of high-profile sport spoke up for Madrid’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games when Usain Bolt and Cristiano Ronaldo came face to face.

The occasion was the opening league game of the season for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid against Deportivo de La Coruna at which world record-holding Olympic sprint hero Bolt was a VIP guest.

The Games bid has unified the capital’s major football clubs since, while Real has declared full support, the proposed Olympic stadium is the new home of their cross-city rivals Atletico.

Ronaldo, who scored a goal from a penalty against Depor, said afterwards: “I will pray for Madrid to host the Olympics in 2016 because I’d love to watch live all athletics events here."

Bolt, who won three golds at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and then another treble – including a 100m world record – at the Berlin world atletics championships, was equally enthusiastic.

He said: “After the welcome I have had, I would really love to run here. This weather is incredible. I wish the 2016 Olympics are held here. Surely they’ll do a great job. The city has thrown itself into the bid and it has so many facilities.”

The International Olympic Committee's evaluation commission publishes its report on the four rival bids – Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo – on Wednesday. The IOC decision on the 2016 host city falls due on October 2 in Copenhagen.

Keywords · 2016 Olympic Games · Ronaldo · Bolt · Madrid · IOC

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