POSTED: February 24th 2012

Samaranch Foundation to be launched in Beijing and possible IOC EB campaign

The famous Bird's nest stadium in Beijing / SFC
The famous Bird's nest stadium in Beijing / SFC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. has announced to EFE that on the second anniversary of his father’s passing next April 21st a foundation named after him will be presented at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.

The Juan Antonio Samaranch Foundation will be focused on “keeping and promoting the legacy of the relationship with China, supporting Olympism in the country, and contributing to increase cultural, economic and financial relations between Spain and China.” It will be developed through a collaboration supported by Chinese and Spanish companies to finance projects.

Samaranch also noted that he is considering campaigning for a place on the IOC executive board and noted, “The coming months will be busy, but I will only make my decision until I see who are the rest of candidates.”

He also said that he was relieved that Rome dropped out of the 2020 Olympics race, “This is very good news for Spain –we will avoid competing against a very dangerous rival.”

And he also reiterated that Italians are masters in “lobbying”.  

In regard to the Madrid 2020 bid, Samaranch clarified that the new plan centered around the “Smart” concept for the Games is a winner. He said, “With the right development, it may become the bid’s raison d’être –a sensible, saving and sustainable project. One of our biggest challenges is proving that applying to host the Olympics is a reasonable decision in the current economic situation.”

Madrid is competing against Baku, Doha, Istanbul, and Tokyo for the 2020 Games.

A final decision on the host city will be voted in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7, 2013 at the IOC session.

Keywords · Juan Antonio Samaranch · Beijing 2008 · IOC

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