POSTED: March 21st 2013
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Madrid 2020: IOC Evaluation Commission makes final venue tour

Spanish tennis icon Manolo Santana (Left) was on hand at the Caja Magica to meet both the IOC (Eduardo Palomo) and the media / Madrid 2020
Spanish tennis icon Manolo Santana (Left) was on hand at the Caja Magica to meet both the IOC (Eduardo Palomo) and the media / Madrid 2020

CHAD WISE and LAURA WALDEN in MADRID / Sports Features Communications

March 21 – The International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission made a final venue tour to visit three of the capital’s proposed Olympic venues during the four day perusal of Madrid 2020’s bid.

The Hippodrome, the Madrid Arena, the Caja Magica and the Club de Campo were each visited, also testing the city’s transportation system.

“He told me we have a lot of reasons to be proud of this city,” Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella said regarding Commission Chairman Sir Craig Reedie.

“One great plus is that we are really prepared and we have a compact project, which the whole world can see already,” President of Madrid 2020 and the Spanish Olympic Committee Alejandro Blanco said. “The Olympic movement runs no financial or organisational risk if the Games are awarded to Madrid.”

Blanco also said the Madrid Arena was “iconic and one of the best [venues] in the world.”

Botella explained an expert’s opinion on the Caja Magica as “the best stadium in the world,” but Botella said the stadium was under-utilised.

“When we look back in a few year’s time, we will realise just how profitable the Caja Magica is,” she said.

The mayor also announced Madrid 2020’s plan to use university housing during the Games.

“We want to welcome people of all means and student housing is one way to ensure that,” Botella said.


Keywords · Madrid 2020 · Alejandro Blanco · Sir Craig Reedie · Ana Botella · Hippodrome · Madrid Arena · Caja Magica · Club de Campo


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