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Third day of IOC Evaluation Commission visit to Madrid

English.news.cn   2013-03-21 03:10:06            

MADRID, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The third day of the visit of the Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee to value the bid of Spanish capital city Madrid to host the 2020 Olympic Games saw the Commission tackle the questions of finance, accommodation, transport and media strategy on Wednesday.

Madrid is well served in questions of accommodation, with the city's business and tourist links assuring that there are already just under 45,000 hotel rooms of between two and five stars in and within a narrow radius of the city.

"We started working well in advance, at the highest level with a solid and cohesive team to achieve one end: Madrid 2020," said Jesus Gatell, president of the Madrid Hoteliers Association.

Meanwhile in terms of food and catering, with over 50,000 restaurants in and around the capital, organizers are confident those attending the Games need not go hungry.

The Madrid authorities are also confident that the transport organization is also well in hand, given that the city already has a modern, efficient and extensive system of public transport, including metro and local railways.

"All transport requirements during the Olympics can be met without any important changes to the public transport and road system," assured Saioa Sancho, of the company responsible for planning the transport strategy, who added the objective in 2020 was to "move different groups of customers easily and safely between the competition sites and their lodging."

The aim is for 65 percent of the athletes in the Olympic Village, which is located close to the city's Barajas Airport, to have a travel time of 5 minutes or less, with 98 percent housed within 15 minutes and nobody needing to travel more than 25.

Meanwhile the bid explained plans to construct a media village for the 19,000 journalists expected to cover the Games in the Campo de Los Naciones to the north-west of the city and just a short distance from major venues and the airport.

"We want to build on the lessons learned from London, but also incorporate new ideas," said Lorena Segura, the architect in charge of the design of the Media Village, who explained the constructions would be.

"Iconic, memorable buildings but that ones that are sustainable .. constructions that leave a lasting legacy but at a low cost."

The Evaluation Commission arrived in Madrid on Sunday and Monday saw the members begin their four day investigation into all aspects of the Madrid bid, looking at issues such as transport, accommodation, financial viability, marketing, the Olympic Village, etc.

The members of the Commission visited several venues on Monday, starting at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the Las Ventas Bullring, the Palacio de Deportes and the Retiro Park. While the Bernabeu will host the football final, Las Ventas would swap bulls for basketball, where the Palacio de Deportes would host volleyball and the Retiro, beach volleyball in the event of Madrid being named as the host city when the decision is announced on September 6.

Meanwhile Tuesday saw Atletico Madrid President, Enrique Cerezo confirm that his club would be playing their matches in the La Peineta Stadium in the 2015-2016 BBVA Primera Liga season.

Cerezo made the declarations as he took part on the visit of members of the Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee to see the work that is currently being carried out on what would be the Olympic Stadium should the Spanish capital of Madrid be chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

"We will be delighted to cede the Stadium, given that it is the Madrid Stadium," said Cerezo, whose side currently play in their emblematic, all be it slightly decrepit, Vicente Calderon Stadium.

The members of the Commission attend a gala dinner at the Spanish Royal Palace this Wednesday and the visit ends on Thursday when the Commission look at issues of safety and the environment before giving a final press conference at 6pm Spanish time.

Editor: yan
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