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Friday January 25, 2013

Spain’s Crown Prince to Serve as Honorary Pres. of Madrid 2020 Summer Olympics Bid

Spain’s Crown Prince to Serve as Honorary Pres. of Madrid 2020 Summer Olympics Bid

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Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe has agreed to serve as honorary president of Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Royal Palace said Thursday.

The Spanish capital is submitting its third consecutive candidacy for the world’s foremost international sporting event, this time with Tokyo and Istanbul as rivals.

The International Olympic Committee will meet to elect the host city for the 2020 Games on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires.

Last Thursday, Prince Felipe had an audience at the Zarzuela Palace with the Madrid 2010 Foundation Trust, headed by capital Mayor Ana Botella and Spanish Olympic Committee President Alejandro Blanco, who gave him the bid dossier they had presented 10 days earlier to the IOC.

The prince’s acceptance of the honorary presidency continues the royal family’s involvement with Spain’s Olympic candidacies, dating from when Barcelona bid for and later organized the 1992 Summer Olympics, the Royal Palace said.

“This acceptance is a sign of the crown prince’s commitment to Madrid’s Olympic project and his support in ensuring the candidacy is successful,” it added.