POSTED: January 3rd 2013

Madrid 2020: Samaranch, Casado and Perurena set to support the bid file submission

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

January 3 - The Madrid Olympic bid team will be backed by the highest ranking officials as they travel to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne to submit the candidature file.

Importantly the three Spanish IOC members: Juan Antonio Samaranch, Marisol Casado and Jose Perurena will be there in person to show their support.

Alejandro Blanco, the president of both Madrid 2020 and the Spanish Olympic Committee, together with Mayor Ana Botella, the President of the Sports Council Miguel Cardenal and Lucia Figar, Councillor for Education, Sports and Youth with the Madrid Regional Government will represent the bid team.

They will be joined by the bid’s chief executive Victor Sanchez and Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Theresa Zabell, who serves as CEO for International Relations.

“The delivery of the dossier is an extremely important step for us in the bid process, therefore a top-level delegation will travel to Lausanne,” explained Blanco. “We have been working very hard to deliver an excellent project on January 7.”

After the proposal will be in the hands of the IOC, a press conference is scheduled in the bid city at Madrid’s Cibeles Palace to inform the press about the project as it can now be made public.

President Blanco will be joined by Mayor Botella, the Minister for Education, Culture and Sport, Jose Ignacio Wert and the President of the Spanish Paralympic Committee, Miguel Carballeda, to unveil the contents of the document.

Blanco added, “This event on January 8 kicks off our campaign on the international stage. The whole 2020 team will join forces in these next eight months for the sprint finish needed to reach our goal (at the IOC vote) on September 7 in Buenos Aires.”

Madrid is bidding against Tokyo and Istanbul and this important deadline will usher in a whole new phase for the 2020 bidding cycle. The IOC is set to vote their final decision on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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