POSTED: May 18th 2012
Madrid 2020: Spanish President Rajoy stands behind economic decision to go for the Games
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
May 18 – The Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, fully supports the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid and feels that it is an opportunity and if they win the Games could play a “catalyst role in the economic activity in Spain”.
Alejandro Blanco, President of the Madrid 2020 Bid, and the Madrid mayor, Ana Botella, met with the president where he reaffirmed his strong commitment.
Despite the fact that Spain has tipped into recession the bid is going forward as usual and bid CEO of international relations, Theresa Zabell, confirmed this just a few days ago to the press.
On May 23rd the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board will be meeting in Quebec Canada and make a decision as to who of the five cities (Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, and Tokyo) will enter the next phase as actual candidate cities.
Blanco also confirmed on the eve of their trip to Quebec that the President had driven home his point that he is well informed on the bid, supports it and the economic opportunity that it could bring.
This makes Spain's third consecutive bid to host the summer Games again after the successful staging of Barcelona 1992.
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