POSTED: September 3rd 2013

Iker Casillas latest Madrid 2020 volunteer

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas became Madrid 2020's 60,000th volunteer earlier this month / Madrid 2020
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas became Madrid 2020's 60,000th volunteer earlier this month / Madrid 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Iker Casillas became the 60,000 volunteer for the Madrid 2020 Bid as it hopes to make one last impression on the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this week, where the IOC will select the Host City of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

“I’m Iker Casillas, captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team, and I’m a Madrid 2020 volunteer,” he said. “It’s an honour to be Madrid 2020’s 60,000th volunteer.”

Other sporting and showbiz celebrities to have signed up to become Madrid 2020 volunteers include Vicente del Bosque, Spanish national football team coach, and Alejandro Sanz.

“He is a great sportsman and is regarded as the finest goalkeeper in the world,” Madrid 2020 Bid President Alejandro Blanco said of Casillas from the World Judo Championships earlier this month. “All I can say is how grateful I am to him. He knows how much I admire him as a player and as a person, and I wish him the very best. It means an awful lot that he is our 60,000th volunteer.”

The “Necesitamos tu manera de querer. Hazte voluntario” (“We need your way of loving: be a volunteer”) campaign was launched 11 months ago.

“We’re organised and we’ve got the athletes with us, but the most important people of all are the volunteers,” Blanco said. “They’re our people and they’re the ones who have the job of making everyone happy. If you ask me, nobody can beat the Spanish volunteers.”

Madrid is bidding against Istanbul and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will select the Host City in Buenos Aires 7 September.

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