HRH Prince Felipe gives total support for the Madrid 2020 Olympics bid
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
January 18 – HRH Prince Felipe, Prince of Asturias, was presented Madrid 2020’s Candidature file yesterday by Bid President Alejandro Blanco and the Spanish capital’s mayor, Ana Botella. The Candidature File outlines the city’s plan to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the XVI Paralympic Games in 2020.
Prince Felipe was joined at the Palacio de la Zarzuela by HRH Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee and the Prince’s aunt. The Spanish Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal was also in attendance, as were all three of the IOC’s Spanish members: Juan Antonio Samaranch, Jr., Marisol Casado, and Jose Perurena.
Blanco said the ceremony was full of support for the Bid from Spain’s institutions and its royal family.
“We are counting on His Royal Highness and his leadership to help us complete the last stage in our race towards our Olympic dream,” Samaranch said.
HRH Infanta Doña Pilar gave the details during the ceremony, and offered the Prince the events and initiatives with which he can become involved in the coming months.
“He is very involved in the project and excited about it,” said Peruena. “Thanks to the work everyone is putting in together, we are convinced we have a winning bid.”
The approval by Prince Felipe followed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s own backing just a day previous. Blanco and Botella presented the Candidature File to the Prime Minister on Wednesday in a ceremony in which Rajoy gave his full support, as well as stating the government and the people of Spain as a whole are also behind the city’s bid to host the Games.
The IOC’s vote for the Host City of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games will take place on September 7 in Buenos Aires. Istanbul and Tokyo have also submitted bids to host the Games.
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