POSTED: March 21st 2013
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Madrid 2020: Spanish Royals entertained the IOC at the Spanish Palace

Crown Prince Felipe hosted the gala dinner at the Palace / Madrid 2020
Crown Prince Felipe hosted the gala dinner at the Palace / Madrid 2020

(L to R) Crown Princess Letizia of Spain, Sir Craig Reedie, head of the IOC commission, Queen Sofia of Spain / Madrid 2020
(L to R) Crown Princess Letizia of Spain, Sir Craig Reedie, head of the IOC commission, Queen Sofia of Spain / Madrid 2020

LAURA WALDEN in MADRID / Sports Features Communications

March 21 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was treated to a special gala evening and dinner at the exquisite Royal Palace of Madrid. Queen Sofia greeted the IOC together with Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, and Princess Cristina.

The Prince has a background in sport as he participated in the Barcelona 1992 Games as the official flagbearer and as a sailing athlete in the soling class. So he understands the passion of competing in the Games and impact of hosting the Olympics.

He addressed the IOC commission and here are some excerpts of his speech:

“Allow me to welcome you again, members of the Evaluation Commission of the IOC, for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this time to the Royal Palace of Madrid, and to do so in the presence of quite a large representation of enthusiastic members and supporters of the Madrid Bid: members of the Royal Family, of our three levels of government, of the Spanish Olympic Family, Olympic champions, members of our business community and of the Press.

"Madrid isn’t just a European city, it is also undoubtedly a showcase for the Hispanic and Ibero-American world. Our capital can offer peace and harmony and also has a safe and accessible location.

"Sport and the principles of the Olympic movement encourage us to reaffirm a system of values based on solidarity, fair play, health, as well as friendship and tolerance. It pushes us as individuals and as a collective to be better.

"Paralympic sport involves other fundamental virtues such as courage, the will to overcome obstacles and the desire for integration. The Olympic movment, particularly through the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is the main engine for these values and attitudes.

"Spanish society is a good example of this. The progress in our country in recent decades has gone hand in hand with progress in sport. There’s no need - because it’s already well-known - to reiterate the standing of Spain and its athletes in all disciplines and at every level, particularly, of course, our sportswomen.

"Nor do I think it necessary to stress the ability of our country when it comes to organising complex major sports tournaments. But obviously, I would like to recall the Barcelona Games because they marked a change in the history of sport in our country and, if I may be so bold as to say, in the unstoppable progress of the Olympic Movement."

The Prince then concluded his address with a toast to the Olympic Movement and the fundamental values of sport. 

He will also attend the closing of the working sessions to wrap the four day evaluation visit.


Keywords · Madrid 2020 · Prince Felipe · Barcelona 1992 · Olympic bidding


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