Madrid's Olympic dream ends as London wins
6 July 2005, SINGAPORE — Madrid's bid to be granted the 2012 Olympic Games ended in failure as London won the battle between five cities to stage the event.
6 July 2005
SINGAPORE — Madrid's bid to be granted the 2012 Olympic Games ended in failure as London won the battle between five cities to stage the event.
Madrid was the third city to be eliminated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegates voting on which city will stage the Olympic Games.
The Spanish Olympic team in Singapore, headed by Queen Sofia, had remained hopeful until the last.
Expectation mounted as the bids by New York and Moscow failed in the first two rounds of voting.
But shortly afterwards, Madrid learned it would not be staging the Games, after the third round of voting, when they were beaten by Paris and London.
Back in Madrid, a hopeful crowd which had gathered in the Plaza Mayor were left sadly reflecting on what might have been.
London's success was put down to a good PR operation which had not been equalled by Madrid.
Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero congratulated London.
Real Madrid star Raul pledged the city would carry on fighting to win the Games another day.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news