Madrid 2020 Bid Backed by 81% of Spaniards

March 20, 2013

81% of Spanish nationals support Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, sale | according to a study carried out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The figure has been revealed on the week that the IOC Evaluation Commission visit the city to assess their credentials in hosting an Olympic Games.

Only 76% of Madrid residents backed the bid though, abortion | breaking a trend in the other two bidding cities where a higher percentage of residents in the city backed their bids, over national residents.

However, Alejandro Blanco, President of the bid and the Spanish Olympic Committee (SOC), said that the figures prove the “seriousness of the project”.

“The results are similar and that’s important for the credibility of Spain. We should be proud that its three pillars are to improve the Spanish brand, attract foreign investment and create new jobs”.

Mayor Ana Botella, stressed that: “working for the Games in Madrid means working to improve the economic situation in the capital and indeed the whole of Spain”.

Mayor Botella also described Madrid 2020 as “a compact bid”, pointing out that in the inspection visits carried out by the IOC Evaluation Committee members on Tuesday, it took no more than “20 minutes to get from one venue to the other”.

“Some 80% of the facilities have already been built and are in excellent locations”. According to the Mayor, today was a “good day for the Madrid bid”.

Istanbul released figures showing that 94% of residents in the city favoured their bid, whilst 89% in Turkey backed the bid.

For Tokyo, 70% of residents backed their bid, with 67% across Japan supporting their aim to host the Olympics.