Madrid 2020: Bid chief Blanco gives support at PASO summit
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
February 7 – Alejandro Blanco, chairman of Madrid 2020, and Theresa Zabell, CEO for International Relations, are currently in Jamaica attending the Extraordinary Assembly for Pan American Sports Organisations (PASO) at the invitation of the President of PASO Mario Vazquez Rana.
Jose Perurena, a member of the International Olympic Committee, is also in attendance at the summit. Perurena’s attendance displays the importance Madrid 2020 places upon the cooperation with the Olympic family in the Americas and his support for Madrid’s bid.
“We are very proud to share experiences with the Pan American sports family,” Blanco said at the summit, attended by more than 200 delegates representing 41 National Olympic Committees. “It is a pleasure to see President Rana again and the President of the Jamaican Olympic Committee Michael Fennell, as well as other friends at this important events.
Blanco has travelled extensively throughout the Americas on behalf of the IOC in the past few months, sharing experience and advice with the National Olympic Committees of Panama, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
“This island has given the world some of the best athletes on the planet and we hope that being on Jamaican soil will inspire us in the race to be picked as the host city for 2020,” Zabell, a gold medal-winning sailor at the Barcelona and Atlanta Games, said.
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