Queen helps Madrid's last push to land Games
4 July 2005, SINGAPORE — Queen Sofia of Spain arrived in Singapore to lead Madrid's final bid to be awarded the 2012 Olympic Games.
4 July 2005
SINGAPORE — Queen Sofia of Spain arrived in Singapore to lead Madrid's final bid to be awarded the 2012 Olympic Games.
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) will decide on Wednesday which city will stage the games with Paris and London the two favourites.
Queen Sofia will shortly be joined by Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, mayor of Madrid who was also among Spain's Olympic delegation in Singapore, said: "As we are here I believe it can only strengthen our bid for the Games."
Madrid is among five cities vying to win the right to stage the Games.
Madrid's status as a major European capital and its reputation as a centre of sporting passion will endear it to the IOC.
The transport infrastructure is well funded and could cope with the demands of an Olympic Games.
But the major factor counting against Madrid is Barcelona's hosting of the Games in 1992.
In Olympic terms, 20 years may be too short a period in which to award the event to the same country.
Also the terrorist attack by Islamic extremists on rush-hour commuter trains in March last year in which 191 people died, raised questions of security.
Paris, the favourite, was first to launch its candidacy, with a glitzy ceremony at the Eiffel Tower.
The city lost out to Beijing for the 2008 Games and also missed out in 1992, but it is confident it can win now.
Moscow and New York are thought to have little chance of being awarded the Games.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news