POSTED: September 8th 2013
Madrid believes Tokyo will deliver
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) The International Olympic Committee awarded Tokyo hosting duties for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Saturday at the 125th IOC Session. The Madrid Bid fell behind both Tokyo’s and Istanbul’s in the voting in Buenos Aires.
“I know that Tokyo will deliver a magnificent Games in 2020,” Madrid 2020 President Alejandro Blanco said. “They have a very exciting seven years ahead of them as they prepare to host and I look forward to joining them, sharing in their success and experiencing first hand, the realization of their dreams for the 2020 Olympic Games.
“Our thoughts are with Istanbul, who presented a very exciting bid worthy of winning and we join them in their disappointment. We at Madrid 2020 had a very strong and robust bid that we have been working on for many years. Having listened and learned over three previous bid processes, we have presented our best offer and are sad that we will not be able [to] deliver our plans. Our bid was not a bid of dreams, but winning the Games would have been a long-awaited dream for the people of Madrid."
“With a significant proportion of the sporting infrastructure already built and in place, there is, still, a huge positive impact to be acknowledged,” Madrid 2020 Honorary President HRH Prince Felipe of Asturias said. “Our efforts over the past 12 years will not be wasted, in that the people and youth of Madrid will still continue to benefit and enjoy an Olympic legacy from established venues to transport systems, so whilst the race for 2020 is lost, the future of sport in Spain will continue positively.”
“Madrid is a vibrant city,” Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella said. “We have a pedigree of hosting international sporting events, and we intend to continue to bring these major events to our city and encourage our young people to participate in sport. We want visitors from all over the world to come and experience not only our sporting events, but our culture and our art, our history and the green spaces of Madrid. We will always welcome you with open arms.”
“Our team have worked hard, with diligence and commitment and have always maintained our Spanish ethos for fun,” Blanco said. “I am very proud of the people that have supported and been involved in this bid, and very proud of the people of the City of Madrid for their continued support and enthusiasm.”
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