POSTED: February 6th 2012

Madrid 2020 bid chief Alejandro Blanco will lead team to Lausanne

Alejandro Blanco is head of the Madrid 2020 bid and the Spanish Olympic Committee / Madrid 2020
Alejandro Blanco is head of the Madrid 2020 bid and the Spanish Olympic Committee / Madrid 2020

LAURA WALDEN /Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Spanish Olympic Committee chief and head of the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid Alejandro Blanco will lead the delegation to consign the applicant file on Valentine’s Day at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters. Blanco also sits on the executive board of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and has a black belt in judo.

He will be accompanied by Theresa Zabell, International Relations CEO, Raúl Chapado, Sports Director and Manuel Cano, National Press Coordinator.

The applicant file will respond to the IOC’s request for each city’s proposal based on 11 chapters which are based on vision, concept and legacy, sports and venues, weather and environment, accommodation, transport, medical services and anti-doping controls, safety, technology and energy, legal aspects and customs, popular and governmental support, and finances and marketing.

Also extremely important the application files must be accompanied by a letter of guarantee signed on behalf of local administrations.

New to the request this year, the IOC has asked for photographic images of the existing sports venues as well as color photos of the stadium or premises. These must clearly show “an aerial and/or external view from a high spot” as well as a view of the main entrance, and pictures of the playing field and the seats.

The IOC is also asked for photos of open air sports events such as a marathon or cycle race and the cities must include a drawing of the race circuit.

This makes Madrid’s third bid after chasing the 2012 and 2016 Games.

All cities will submit their application files mid-February and the next step will be the ANOC general assembly in April when all six cities will be doing their first presentations.

Madrid is up against Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Rome and Tokyo to host the 2020 Games.

The IOC will vote on September 7, 2013 for the winner to stage the Olympics.

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