Spanish PM admits Madrid 2016 a hard sell

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Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says despite Madrid’s good bid, the Olympic games could favour Rio as Latin America has never staged.

Madrid – Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Monday that Madrid's bid to stage the 2016 Olympics faced difficulties but insisted that nothing was lost.

The International Olympic Committee is to announce in Copenhagen on Friday whether Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago or Tokyo will host the Games.

"It's difficult, but nothing has been decided because Madrid's bid is good, with great support and the most up-to-date infrastructure," Zapatero told radio Cadena SER.

However, "the fact that Latin America has never staged," the games could favour Rio, said the prime minister who was to travel to Copenhagen along with King Juan Carlos later this week to defend the Spanish capital's efforts.

Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said he remained "full of hope and conviction" before leaving for Denmark, even though Madrid is not among the favourites.

The Madrid organising committee has regularly pointed to strong popular support in the country for the Olympic bid as one of the arguments for holding the Games in the Spanish capital. 

AFP / Expatica

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