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  • Madrid 2016 attends the inauguration of the new OCA's headquarters in Kuwait


    Madrid, 11 March 2009 – A delegation from the Madrid 2016 bid team today travelled to Kuwait to attend the inauguration of the new Olympic Council of Asia’s headquarters and to promote the Spanish capital’s Olympic bid. 

    The team from Madrid included Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, bid chief Mercedes Coghen, Managing Director Antonio Fernández Arimany and Tania Paessler, International and Public Relations Director.  During the ceremony HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber, Emir of Kuwait uncovered a commemorative plaque in front of the Scientific Centre in Olympia.

    This trip is part of the Madrid 2016 bid team’s promotional tour which started last October in Acapulco (Mexico) and will continue through New Zealand and Denver (United States) over the next few weeks.

    On the 25th and 26th of this month, the first town councillor and members of the Madrid 2016 team will travel to Denver, Colorado to take part in the ‘Sportaccord’ conference.  An important event on the international sporting calendar, Sportaccord attracts many high-profile figures including Denver’s mayor, John Hickenlooper and NBC Director, Dick Ebersol.

    The program for Sportaccord 2009 includes round-table discussions on “Sports and Philanthropy - The value of giving back”, with presentations from Andre Agassi and Andrea Jaeger, and “2008 and beyond: how will world changes affect sport?” with EA Sports President, Peter Moore, and the Football League commissioner, Don Garber, among others.

    Sportaccord is also an opportunity for the 2016 Olympic Games candidate cities – Madrid, Chicago, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro – to present their bids to an important sporting audience.


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