POSTED: July 12th 2011

2020: Madrid coming back for third Olympic bid?

Iconic Madrid is back for the third luck charm / Tour Spain
Iconic Madrid is back for the third luck charm / Tour Spain

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Jul 12: Madrid mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon will be holding a press conference tomorrow and it is widely expected that he will formally announce that the city is running in its third Olympic bid campaign.

The Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) spokesperson Jose Maria Cabellon confirmed to the Associated Press that the press conference will include news about the Games and that a proposal will be put forth that will be studied by the COE.

The IOC has a deadline of July 29th that marks the first steps in the 2020 campaign. NOCs must submit submission letters regarding WADA compliances and the Court of Arbitration and they must submit any requests to change the dates outside of the normal Games' time of July 15-August 31.

So far Rome has officially announced a 2020 summer Games candidature and Istanbul is also likely to be a contender. This will create a European triangle with the three cities in the race.

Madrid bid in 2012 losing to London and then rebid in 2016 losing to Rio and is now studying the PyeongChang third time lucky strike as they nailed the 2018 winter Games last week in Durban.

Spain last hosted the Barcelona Games back in '92 and the effect on the city proved an architectural home run leaving a great urban legacy.

The 2020 Games will be voted on at the IOC session due to be held in 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   

Keywords · Madrid · Barcelona 1992 · IOC · Olympics

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