POSTED: September 8th 2011

Madrid 2020: NOC chief Alejandro Blanco to lead the bid

NOC president Alejandro Blanco will guide this third bid / NOC of Spain
NOC president Alejandro Blanco will guide this third bid / NOC of Spain

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TAMPA: The Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, announced today that the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee Alejandro Blanco would head up the bid.

Gallardon said that he felt like this appointment was very important and that choosing “the head of Spanish sport” as the leader was the best solution as he thought the role “required a strong professional personality from the world of sport”.

The Mayor was in the top position for both of Madrid’s failed 2012 and 2016 bids and has decided to change strategy this time around.

Madrid ran against London, Paris, New York and Moscow for the 2012 Games that London will host next year.

In 2016 the contenders were Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago and Rio took home the prize to host the first South American Games.

This 2020 race will see both Tokyo and Madrid back for a consecutive try to land the Olympics. It will also make Madrid's third bid in a row.

The final decision will be voted in September 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Keywords · Madrid 2020 · Games · Olympic bidding · Alejandro Blanco · Alberto Ruiz Gallardon

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