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
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,
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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