POSTED: July 2nd 2013

Madrid 2020 delegation heads to Lausanne

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A Madrid 2020 Bid Committee delegation will present a technical presentation to the International Olympic Committee of its bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games at the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, 3 July.

“We believe that now is the time to show the world that the Olympic Games are a sound decision for countries who have invested for the opportunity ahead of time – as we have – 80% of the needed venues are in place,” Madrid 2020 and Spanish Olympic Committee Alejandro Blanco said. “Madrid 2020 is not a bid of promises – we have already kept them. Madrid 2020 is not a bid of dreams – we have already built them.”

Blanco will be among the delegation, led by Madrid 2020 Honorary President His Royal Highness Felipe, Prince of Austurias, along with Senior IOC Member Spain and IOC Executive Board Member Juan Antonio Samaranch, Jr., Spanish Minister of Economy and Competitiveness Luis de Guindos, Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella, Spanish Olympic Committee Secretary General and Madrid 2020 Chief Executive Officer Victor Sanchez, Spanish Olympic Committee Vice President and Madrid 2020 International Chief Executive Officer Theresa Zabell, Spanish Paralympic Committee Secretary General Miguel Sagarra, Madrid 2020 Chief Financial Officer Manueal Parga, and Madrid 2020 Sports Director Raul Chapado.

“Now the Olympic Family can share in our investment, because Madrid’s long-term city plan is 100 percent integrated with our Olympic bid,” Botella said. “For example, over the last 20 years alone, we invested 19 billion US dollars in our transport system. Spain welcomes almost 60 million tourists a year and we have every needed amenity already in place to make Olympic visitors feel at home during the Games.”

“Because we kept [the commitments made to the IOC during Spain’s previous two Olympic bids], Madrid will spend only 1.9 billion dollars on its investment budget – perhaps the lowest in recent Olympic history,” Samaranch, Jr., said. “The 2020 race provides the IOC with clear alternatives going forward in terms of bidding for the Games, and we are confident that Madrid 2020 offers the Movement a responsible choice.”

“Our Games planning was focused on both existing and proven technical excellence, and our vision for our bid is based on one word: responsibility,” Sanchez said. “By that we mean responsibility to our city and nation, and a responsibility to sport and the Olympic Movement.”

“Our bid begins and ends with sport,” Zabell said. “Madrid 2020 is about addressing the needs of the Olympic Movement – today. We want to help the Olympic Movement fulfil its responsibilities to athlets and to sport in a manner that is responsible, and risk-free for sport, in today’s changing world.”

Madrid and the other two bidding cities for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games – Istanbul and Tokyo – will learn of the International Olympic Committee’s decision as to which city will host the Games at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 7 September.

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