POSTED: July 3rd 2013

Crown Prince Felipe led Madrid 2020 presentation highlighting 80% of the venues are in place

The Madrid 2020 delegation presented at the 2020 Candidate Cities Briefing in Lausanne, Switzerland / Madrid 2020
The Madrid 2020 delegation presented at the 2020 Candidate Cities Briefing in Lausanne, Switzerland / Madrid 2020

CHAD WISE and LAURA WALDEN at the Beaulieu Convention Center / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Madrid 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid team presented to the International Olympic Committee at the 2020 Candidate Cities Briefing in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday.

Madrid 2020 Honorary President HRH Prince Felipe, Prince of Asturias, led the delegation and was joined by Spanish Minister of the Economy and Competitiveness Luis de Guindos, Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella, IOC Member Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs, Spanish Olympic Committee and Madrid 2020 Bid President Alejandro Blanco, Madrid 2020 Chief Executive Officer Victor Sanchez, and Madrid 2020 International Relations Chief Executive Officer Theresa Zabell.

Madrid 2020’s main focus during its presentation was the infrastructure already in place to successfully host the Games, with 80% built including competition venues.

“Few events in my life have meant as much to me as representing Spain at the Barcelona Games,” Prince Felipe said. “Though I didn’t win a medal, I came away with something more important than that: an appreciation of the human values on which the Games are founded and which bring people from all over the world together.

“Madrid 2020 is not a bid based on dreams because we have already built it. It is a bid in keeping with the times. We have shouldered the responsibility and reduced the risks so that you, the IOC, do not have to take any.”

With most of the infrastructure in place, Madrid’s bid offers the IOC zero financial risk with a public budget for hosting the Games $1.9 billion.

“It is one of the lowest in Olympic history and it is guaranteed by all three levels of government,” Guindos said. “In other words, each of them has to spend only $90 million a year through to 2020, which is only a very small part of their budgets.”

Spain's lagging economy was addressed by the bid team and they offered reassurances that the Games would jump start the situation, however none of the IOC members asked about the effect this could have on the preparations for the Games.

“We are ready to stage the Games now,” Blanco said. “Madrid 2020 makes sense and we have left nothing to chance. We have a risk-free bid. You can trust in Madrid, not just in the future but right now, from today onwards. Choosing Madrid is a safe and sensible decision.”

Madrid 2020 also plans on hosting the first carbon-neutral Games and its metro network will be 100% wheelchair accessible by the time of the Opening Ceremony.

“Madrid is recognised around the world as one of the cities offering the best quality of life, something that has not come about by chance,” Botella said. “The objective is possible because we are a nation that is leading the way in renewable energies.”

The proposed Olympic Village will be located within 500 metres from the stadium and other venues of the Olympic Park, with no other venues more than 20 minutes away.

“We have spent ten years watching and listening,” Sanchez said. “We have learned from the IOC, and our vision of the Games is based on one word: responsibility.

“Madrid is a reality, with tried and tested venues already in place, and we will blend that readiness with the spirit of celebration the Spanish are known for. Only four permanent venues and three temporary ones need to be built to stage a great Games in Madrid, which will boast the Estadio Bernabeu, Las Ventas and El Retiro as truly spectacular settings.”

Madrid is bidding against Istanbul and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will use the presentations from the 2020 Candidate Cities Briefing to choose the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 7 September.

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