POSTED: July 13th 2013
Madrid 2020's 20/20 United for a Dream selects final twenty athletes
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) Twenty athletes were named standard bearers of the Madrid 2020 Games at the Madrid HQ of the Spanish Olympic Committee Friday as part of Madrid 2020’s 20/20 United for a Dream. A total of 20 male and 20 female athletes will be given the chance to make history at the 2020 Games.
Spanish Olympic Committee and Madrid 2020 Bid President Alejandro Blanco and Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella served as masters of ceremonies at the presentation gala, while international walker Lorena Luaces and long-distance runner Chema Martinez presented on stage.
“Winning one last medal at Madrid would be the perfect way to end my career,” London 2012 Taekwondo gold medallist Joel Gonzales, one of the 20 athletes presented Friday, said.
“You represent the best of Spain,” Blanco said to the standard bearers. “The involvement of each and every one of us is our strength. We have to win. There is no other outcome. We have all had to work hard and this is a dream of Spain’s as a whole.”
“We are all sailing on the same ship,” Botella said. “This project belongs to every one of us and it will provide young people with the perfect chance to gain experience in the labour market.”
Each athlete embodies the dedication, perserverance and excitement of a generation of athletes and has his/her own page on the Madrid 2020 Bid website. The athletes will also be sponsored individually by journalists, with the second group of 20 athletes sponsored by radio, television and media agency professionals. Madrid 2020’s website will provide profiles, radio reports and television features of the athletes.
Madrid is bidding against Istanbul and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will choose the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 7 September.
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