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  • Madrid 2012: "We Can Get the Games"


    Madrid 2012 bid president Feliciano Mayoral calls today's report from the IOC a "great step forward". (ATR) 
    (ATR) A positive report from the IOC 2012 Evaluation Commission has given Madrid's bid for the 2012 Olympics new confidence. Bid leader President Feliciano Mayoral tells Around the Rings "now I am sure we can get the Games."

    The report praised several aspects of the Madrid bid, ranking it first in popularity with the public opinion and giving high marks to the city infrastructure and transport network. Similar praise was given to other candidate cities, and comments in the Spanish press indicated that the perception was that Madrid had placed second after Paris in the IOC evaluation.

    "We are delighted and very satisfied with the evaluation commission report. Madrid was very highly valued, and again we have been outstanding in the aspects that the IOC values the most," said Mayoral.

    "This report has been a great step forward for Madrid," he says.

    The commission noted that Madrid may need hotels one hour away from the city, adding however that "sufficient rooms should be available to meet Olympic requirements, including visitors". Only 120 rooms have been guaranteed so far in Palma de Mallorca, the Mediterranean island chosen as the sailing venue: the number "would not be sufficient," says the IOC.

    Spanish NOC President Jose Maria Echevarria said he was "a little disappointed" with a report he called "too descriptive and with
    Madrid is tops in public support among the 2012 cities says the IOC report. (ATR) 
    very little evaluation".

    He told news agency EFE that "the Commission doesn't really reveal itself or say what the strong and weak points of each city are."

    Echevarria thinks that the Madrid bid after the evaluation is in "the same situation as before. What counts is the votes on July 6."

    Security concerns did not figure in the evaluation report. Terrorist group ETA had staged car bombings in Madrid recently, none of them fatal, but the IOC commission says that Spanish security is perfectly able "to ensure a safe and peaceful Olympic Games."

    Reported by Alberto Riva.

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