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SBD Global/June 20, 2013/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Madrid Citizens Excited For Sports Day Celebration Of Madrid 2020 Bid

Sports Day, Madrid's event scheduled to celebrate the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid and MARCA's 75th anniversary on June 22, "already has registered record figures," according to MARCA. Enrollment for nearly all the activities is already full, and the high demand from people wanting to participate has motivated Madrid to add 10,000 more spots for participants to the initial allotment of 20,000. On June 22, more than 50,000 people will cover the most emblematic parts of the city with sports (MARCA, 6/19). ... Creative celebrations "are planned for the opening ceremony of the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games in December." Aussie singers Anthony Callea, Marcia Hines and Marina Prior are among the line-up of entertainers, "which also features Special Olympics dancers, a parade of the 2,500 athletes from the 32 competing nations, and the lighting of the Games cauldron as the Torch Run reaches the Stadium" (XINHUA, 6/19). ... IOC inspectors have concluded their second visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea "by praising organizers for making good progress on preparations for the 2018 Winter Games" (AP, 6/19).
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