Honorary presidency of Madrid 2020 Bid bestowed upon HRH Prince Felipe
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
January 26 – Crown Prince Felipe de Borbón has accepted the honorary presidency of Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella and Madrid 2020 Bid President Alejandro Blanco headed an audience with the Madrid 2020 Foundation Trust at the Palacio de la Zarzuela for Prince Felipe. Prince Felipe was presented the Candidature File by Botella and Blanco.
“This is wonderful news for the Madrid 2020 Bid and is a further indication of the royal family’s total commitment to Spanish sport,” Blanco, who is also the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, said.
“HRH Prince Felipe was Spain’s flag bearer at Barcelona in 1992, and he will carry the flag again for the Madrid 2020 Bid, which is not just for the city of Madrid but for the whole of Spain.”
The Prince of Asturias has expressed to the members of the Trust in his audience with them last week his support for Madrid’s Olympic project, in which he has also given hope that the Bid wins the right to host the 2020 Games.
The Madrid 2020 Foundation Trust comprises representatives from Spain’s national, autonomous and local governments, the country’s trade unions, the national employers’ association, the Spanish Olympic Committee, and former members of the International Olympic Committee, among them Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Pilar.
Prince Felipe has continued the royal family’s longstanding involvement in the Olympic Movement, with various members of the royal family having attended and also competed in recent Games.
The Spanish Olympic Movement has received the wholehearted support of His Majesty King Juan Carlos and his family since Madrid embarked on its bid to host the Summer Games.
“In keeping with the great excitement that the 2012 Olympic Games has aroused in the people of Spain, the Spanish Crown would like to wish the Madrid project every success and is certain that it will represent Spain and its people in the best possible manner,” the King said at the presentation of the 2012 Bid in 2004.
King Juan Carlos also spoke of how “privileged” the royal family felt in joining the Olympic family on so many occasions.
His Majesty also accepted the honorary presidency of Barcelona’s 1992 successful bid in 1995 to host that year’s Olympics, where Prince Felipe was the Spanish team’s flag bearer.
The Paralympic Games also received the royal family’s support. Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena is the honorary president of the Spanish Paralympic Committee, and, as well as playing an active role in the movement, she also heads Spain’s Paralympic Games delegation.
Madrid is campaigning against Tokyo and Istanbul to host the 2020 summer Olympics.
The IOC will vote for the winning city on September 7th at the session in Buenos Aires.
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