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SBD Global/May 31, 2013/Olympics
Madrid, Istanbul, Tokyo Make Their Final Cases As Host Cities For 2020 Summer Olympics
Published May 31, 2013
MADRID MAKES ITS CASE: The EFE reported Madrid Mayor Ana Botella said, "There are 100 days left to convince those who have to vote that Madrid is a secure city, secure in the economic aspect." The message of the Madrid supporters is that the city has the majority of the facilities ready, and the €1.5M ($2M) it still has to spend will be shared by three administrations over seven years, a term that works in the favor of the Spanish economy. IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch estimated that Madrid presents "the least financially problematic candidacy in history" (EFE, 5/30).
PUTIN BACKS WRESTLING: In another piece for REUTERS' Grohmann reported Russian President Vladimir Putin backed a return to the Olympics for wrestling on Thursday, saying it was one of the fundamental sports of the Games. In a meeting with IOC President Jacques Rogge, Putin said, "Hopefully, the decision will ultimately be fair, reasonable and will serve to strengthen and develop the Olympic movement, which was based always on ancient tradition, and wrestling as we know, is one of the fundamental sports, traditional for the Olympic Games" (REUTERS, 5/30).