POSTED: April 17th 2013

Madrid 2020: The national team coaches back the Spanish Olympic Bid

The coaches take a stand for the Madrid summer Games bid / Madrid 2020
The coaches take a stand for the Madrid summer Games bid / Madrid 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Spanish Olympic Committee headquarters hosted the third Marca and Spanish Olympic Committee Road to 2020 Forum, with Spanish coaches such as Valero Rivera, coach of the 2013 World Cup Champions national handball team, and Vicente del Bosque, national football team coach.

Juan Antonio Orenga, men’s basketball, Jose Venancio, men’s futsal, Carlos Feriche, men’s roller hockey, and Miguel Angel Oca, women’s water polo, were also in attendance. The coaches emphasised their support for Madrid 2020’s Bid at the Forum.

“Barcelona was a breath of fresh air for sport,” Rivero said. “We are in a difficult economic situation and bringing the Games in Madrid would be the breath of fresh air we need.”

“We have to be optimistic,” del Bosque said. “We must have the same mentality as the Spanish football team, “La Roja,” the two times European champions and World Cup champions in the last four years. We have to believe that they are going to give us the Olympic Games. Our country is more than ready to overcome all the hurdles put in our way. Madrid is a city that needs sport.”

“We have the best bid and we are ready for it,” Orenga said. “We have to build our experience and create the legacy through the good work already being carried out by the federations and clubs.”

“It has been made possible by the commitment, hard work and passion for sport that people such as the coaches here today have shown time and again,” Spanish Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal said.

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