POSTED: July 19th 2013

Madrid 2020 celebrates 50 day count at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona

Gold medal sailing Olympian Theresa Zabell and Alejandro Blanco open the Madrid 2020 bid stand / Madrid 2020
Gold medal sailing Olympian Theresa Zabell and Alejandro Blanco open the Madrid 2020 bid stand / Madrid 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) To celebrate the 50 day countdown to the decision for host city of the 2020 summer Games, the Madrid bid team was present at the swimming world championships at former host city Barcelona.   

Alejandro Blanco, the President of the Madrid Bid and the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), together with International Relations CEO Theresa Zabell, opened the stand to promote the campaign at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona hosting the 15th FINA World Championships, which open today and run until 4 August.

“The world championships are very important in raising the profile of the sport and revealing the quality of a large number of highly talented athletes,” said Blanco. “What is more important than anything, however, are the values these sportsmen and women embody for society.”

In ’92 Barcelona was a city of symbolic importance and he reiterated, “That is not just because of the 22 medals our nation won, but because of the major transformation that the Games sparked in the city. Barcelona was a great city before. Now it is a wonderful city.”

Spain has proved its ability to host world level sporting events and they in the past years they number 85 European championships, 77 world championships and more than 300 other international competitions.

“This is something we can be proud of,” said Blanco. “Between now and next year we will host six world championships in different sports.”

The organizing committee visited Madrid several months back to support the Olympic bid, “We share the same Olympic interests as Madrid,” commented Sergi Pujalte, the Director of the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013. “It goes without saying that we hope these championships help Madrid to achieve its objectives. We are all committed to them.”

Madrid and Istanbul and Tokyo are all three vying to host the 2020 summer Games. The final decision will be voted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires on September 7th in a few months.

Keywords · Madrid · Barcelona · FINA · World Championships · swimming

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