World Swimming Championships to appeal to IOC, Director says
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
February 26 – The World Swimming Championships will serve as a boost for Madrid ahead of the city’s bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the event’s organisers said. The Championships will be held in Barcelona from 19 July to 4 August, weeks before the International Olympic Committee’s vote in Buenos Aires in September.
“We share Madrid’s Olympic aspirations,” Director of the World Swimming Championships Sergi Pujalte said. “We hope that these Championships show what Spain is capable of so that this dream becomes a reality. That’s what we are all working towards.”
Madrid is competing against Tokyo and Istanbul to host the 2020 summer Games.
Pujalte spoke at a press conference in Madrid and was joined by President of the Spanish Swimming Federation Fernando Carpena, Head Coach of the female water polo team Miki Oca, and Ana Montero, the synchronised swimming chief, among other representatives from other sports.
“The Swimming World Championships will demonstrate once again this country’s ability to organise the most prestigious sporting events,” Chairman of Madrid 2020 Alejandro Blanco said. “Barcelona 1992 is a great source of inspiration for us. One of the legacies of those Games is our experience in hosting tournaments on this scale.
“That isn’t limited to that wonderful city but extends to the whole of Spain.”
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