POSTED: May 7th 2012
Madrid 2020: Second largest ladies run in Europe celebrates women in the bid city
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
May 7 - Madrid and Segovia staged a collective event gathering almost 30,000 women from all age groups on Sunday to take to the streets for gender equality, health and the fight against diseases such as cancer.
The bid was especially interested to promote women’s sport on both competitive and wellness levels.
Bid ceo, Theresa Zabell said, “These initiatives show the value and the importance of supporting everyone who plays sport on a recreational basis, of giving our backing to the people who go out into our streets to do so, because we’ve got a city that is absolutely ready and thrilled to welcome everyone.”
In Madrid over 22,000 women ran in the “La Carrera de la Mujer” (The Women’s Run), which is the second largest in Europe. In Segovia approximately 3,000 women took part and walked on the city’s famous Roman aqueduct and even formed a Madrid 2020 logo to show their support the bid.
Ana Botella, Mayor of Madrid, together with Spanish Health Minister, Ana Mato, also took part in the event.
Spanish volleyball Olympian, Amaya Valdemoro, added, “Madrid is a beautiful city and is ready to welcome anyone who plays sport, like all the people here.
“It’s only right that we’re here to cheer them on.”
Other Olympians were present at the event, namely Spanish tennis player and double Olympic medal winner Vivi Ruano, Paralympian athlete Eva Ngui, who won two medals at Beijing 2008, and Maria Vasco, an Olympic medal winner in the walk.
Madrid is bidding against Baku,Doha, Istanbul, and Tokyo to host the 2020 summer Games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet in Buenos Aires on September 7th of 2013 to vote the final host city.
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