Spanish PM Rajoy Opens IOC Visit By Claiming Madrid Deserves Right To Host Games
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy opened the IOC evaluation team's visit to Madrid by "claiming the city deserves the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games," according to the AFP. Rajoy was "keen to stress the country's experience" in hosting big sporting events and large numbers of visitors. Rajoy: "Of the sports facilities needed to hold an Olympic Games, 80% are already built. In addition, it is a city well used to hosting major events." Rajoy also "played down the concerns" that hosting the Olympics is the last thing that Spain's struggling economy needs in the midst of a crisis (AFP, 3/18).