POSTED: February 14th 2013

Spanish Olympic Committee President Alejandro Blanco re-elected

Alejandro Blanco is head of the COE as well as the Madrid 2020 bid / Madrid 2020
Alejandro Blanco is head of the COE as well as the Madrid 2020 bid / Madrid 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

February 14 – Following a vote held at the COE’s Extraordinary General Assembly, Alejandro Blanco was re-elected for an additional four year term. Blanco said his next main objective will be to help Madrid host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Blanco, who ran unopposed, received 153 of the 167 votes, with 14 ballot papers returned blank. Theresa Zabell, vice president, Victor Sanchez, secretary general, and Juan Dominquez, treasurer, will each continue on in their previous positions.

Agustin Martin Santos, Jose Maria Odriozola, and Carmelo Paniagua, presidents of the Spanish volleyball, athletics, and figures skating federations, respectively, were named deputy vice presidents.

“We have been through eight long years – though I would describe them as short – a period of time in which we have shared some happy times and some sad ones, too,” Blanco, who has been president since 29 September 2005, said. “We are now facing four more years in which the good news will outweigh the bad, and in which we will get things right and also face problems, in the hope that we will overcome them.”

Blanco also announced he will continue to support athletes, both in their training and when they retire, during his latest term in office. He also said more must be done in terms of training to allow degree and postgraduate courses to be set up. Blanco also backed the Sport and Women’s Commission.

In conjunction with the government, the COE will promote change in the organization of Spanish sport.

“There is no place for accepting the status quo or for losing the heart,” Blanco said regarding Spain’s economic crisis, which has left the country’s sports associations with fewer resources.

“Barcelona was a major change, and now Madrid should see the second major transformation of Spanish sport. We will cross the ocean to make our great dream come true.”

The Host City for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be announced at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September.

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