POSTED: September 2nd 2009

Madrid 2016 team certain of reassuring IOC in Copenhagen run-up

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon: positive attitude / lake images
Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon: positive attitude / lake images

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MADRID: Leaders of the Madrid 2016 Olympic Games bid are confident they can deal with issues raised by the IOC evalution commission in its report one month ahead of the decisive vote in Copenhagen.

The commission had expressed a concern about how it felt a lack of clarity over the definition of roles and responsibilities within the leadership might reflect on financial issues and operations management.

But bid leader Mercedes Coghen said: “We note where the commission has raised issues. We look forward to reassuring the IOC by clarifying these points of detail in the run-up to Copenhagen.”

Madrid is campaigning against Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. If it wins, this would mean – with London hosting 2012 - only the second time in 64 years that successive Games had been staged in Europe. Then Helsinki in 1952 had followed London in 1948.

Coghen added: “We welcome the [report’s] findings whole-heartedly.  We believe that Madrid will host the best-ever Games.”

Echoing her words the Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, said: “It is a tribute to our great capital city and to all the hard work of the bid team that the report highlights so many positives. The people of Madrid and the whole of Spain overwhelmingly support the bid, as do all the political parties, the business community and the royal family.

“This report has encouraged us all to continue to work as hard as we can to achieve success on October 2 and bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Madrid in 2016.”

Keywords · IOC · 2016 Olympic Games · Madrid · Cohen · Ruiz-Gallardon

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