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IOC members in Madrid to evaluate 2016 Olympic bid

IOC members in Madrid to evaluate 2016 Olympic bid

Members of the International Olympic Committee arrived in Madrid on Monday to evaluate the city's bid to host the 2016 Games.
The mayor met with the 13 IOC members as they launched a five-day tour, following visits to bid rivals Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Chicago.
Smiling children with drawings of IOC members also welcomed the commissioners, who included IOC chairwoman Nawal el Moutawakel.
The IOC team will inspect venues Wednesday and Thursday aboard hybrid buses, part of the Spanish capital's promise to hold a green Olympics. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will send off the committee on Friday after a royal lunch.
Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said he would not show the committee "pie in the sky or stage props. We're going to show them our real city, our real booming, dynamic, thriving city, which loves sports and wants to organize the games."
The mayor said the city has already constructed 77 percent of its Olympic facilities.
The welcome also included a 40,000 sq. meter (430,556 sq. feet.) version of Madrid's colorful hand, the largest logo ever shown in a candidate city. The giant hand, decorated with eco-friendly paint, is supposed to represent warmth and a hearty welcome from the people of Madrid.
This is the second time the IOC has evaluated Madrid, which also bid for the 2012 Games, ultimately awarded to London.
More hands with the Olympic colors and the candidate city's theme -- "Tengo una Corazonada," which translates as "I feel it in my bones" -- cover the city, from the net separating fans from the field in Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium, to the home pages of several Madrid newspaper Web sites.
"Madrid is prepared for this visit and above all is prepared to celebrate the Olympic Games in 2016," Ruiz-Gallardon said.
The IOC is due to vote on the host city for 2016 at a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 2.


Updated : 2021-02-26 23:54 GMT+08:00