Madrid's bid for 2020 Olympics gaining support
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October 10 - A recent poll by Mediapost shows 80.2 percent of people in Madrid are supporting the Spanish city’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The new poll shows a two percent increase in support for Madrid’s bid over a poll by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 10 months ago. Across the nation, 79 percent of the Spanish people voiced support for the 2020 bid.
Young people are the most enthusiastic about the Olympic Games with 81.7 percent of people under 34 supporting the Madrid 2020 bid. More than half those polled believe the 2020 Madrid Games will be a boost to the Spanish economy, sport in Spain and bring much needed jobs.
“The figures prove that Madrid 2020’s Olympic vision continues to be received positively as our citizens understand more of our plans and the benefits that a successful bid will deliver to our city, region and nation,” said Alejandro Blanco, president of Madrid 2020. “We are working hard and continue to act responsibly to ensure that there will be solid returns on investment and sustainable legacies at every level for our bid. With 83 percent of our infrastructure already in place, we are exploring how regenerating (remodeling) key iconic buildings, such as the Las Ventas bullring, instead of building new facilities will reduce expenditure for our final infrastructure needs and create a sustainable long term legacy for all.”
Blanco said the bid Madrid is preparing is “responsible.”
“Our experienced team continues to work hard on the bid, thinking smartly to drive down expenditures and increase commercial partnerships, revenue opportunities and benefits for the city, our people, the region and our nation. We continue to make sure everyone gets to know about our project and understands our objectives and the positive impact it will make,” he said.
The Mediapost survey randomly called more than 2,000 people across Spain by telephone. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percent and a confidence level of 95.5 percent.
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