POSTED: June 16th 2013

Madrid 2020 focuses on stability of hosting Games at ANOC General Assembly

The Madrid 2020 delegation at the Association of National Olympic Committees Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne / Madrid 2020
The Madrid 2020 delegation at the Association of National Olympic Committees Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne / Madrid 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella, Madrid 2020 Bid President Alejandro Blanco, Spanish Secretary of State for Trade Jaime Garcia-Legaz, Spanish International Olympic Committee member Jose Perurena, and Spanish Olympic Committee and Madrid 2020 Vice President Theresa Zabell and Secretary General Victor Sanchez were in Lausanne Saturday to make a presentation to the International Olympic Committee at the Association of National Olympic Committees Extraordinary General Assembly (ANOC).

Each of the three candidate cities for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games made a 15-minute presentation, with Madrid following Istanbul and Tokyo. Madrid 2020 underlined its to key messages: the zero financial risk of Madrid hosting the games - with 80 percent of the main infrastructures and venues already in place – and the financial guarantee which will allow Madrid to focus during the next seven years in preparing a Games for athletes and the Olympic family.

“Our vision of the Games is based on one work, and this is responsibility; a responsibility to sport and the Olympic movement, to the city itself, and to Spain as a whole,” Sanchez said. “Only four permanent facilities and three temporary [venues] need to be built to stage a great Games in the city. Madrid’s legacy is not on blueprints. It’s out there on the ground already.”

The Madrid 2020 bid construction budget is estimated at €1.5 billion and will be met by Spanish authorities in the span of seven years, smaller than the organising committee’s budget.

“This data shows that Spain’s economic foundations are solid, multi-faceted and capable of meeting the investment budget required to stage the Games,” Garcia-Legaz said.

The European Commission’s spring forecast revealed Spain leads the European Union in export growth, which rose 4.2 percent in the last financial year. IMF also showed Spain having the continent’s second-best balance of payments, while Eurostat figures show Spain is now Europe’s second economy in terms of the impact of exports on GDP and leads the way in Europe in foreign investment in industry.

Botella and Blanco touched on Spain’s overwhelming support for the country hosting the Games, with an independent International Olympic Committee survey reporting 81 percent of Spanish people behind the current bid and the country spending the past 15 years building its Games infrastructures by hosting numerous successful international sporting events. Botella also pointed to Madrid’s booming hotel and tourism industries. Madrid receives eight million visitors a year and the city has spent €19 billion in transportation infrastructures in the last decade.

Accessibility was another key part of the Madrid 2020 bid discussed at the ANOC Assembly, with the planned Olympic Village situated just 500 metres from the Stadium and other venues in the Olympic Park, while others will be no further than 20 minutes away.

Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul will learn of the International Olympic Committee’s decision as to who will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this September.    

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · Madrid 2020 · Istanbul 2020 · Tokyo 2020 · Spain · Lausanne ·

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