Madrid 2020 Int'l CEO Theresa Zabell said that the city hosting the 2020 Games "can demonstrate to the world they can be done effectively on a reasonable budget," according to the AFP. Zabell said that "it was imperative that the Games did not get more and more expensive and therefore out of reach of a lot of cities who might wish to host them." Her message "will find a sympathetic audience among several of the candidates bidding to succeed IOC President Jacques Rogge," when he steps down in Buenos Aires on Sept. 10. Zabell, born in England but who moved with her parents to Spain within a year of her birth, said that a Madrid victory in the vote by the 100+ IOC members in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7 "would launch a new model for a Games." Zabell said, "We can demonstrate and show them that a Games can be put on on a reasonable budget. It's about a whole new model" (BANGKOK POST, 6/30).
Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said that a snow deficit for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games "will not happen," a remark to dispel concerns over a possible shortage amid unseasonably warm weather. Zhukov said, "There will be no problems with snow." He added the Olympics would go ahead "in any weather" (XINHUA, 6/29). ... In a reprieve to the suspended Indian Olympic Association, the IOC "has decided to extend the deadline for adopting an amended constitution, the draft of which is currently being reviewed by the world body." IOC "had set a July 15 deadline for the amendment of the IOA constitution so that elections are held" by Sept. 1 to pave the way for lifting the ban on India imposed on Dec. 4 last year (PTI, 6/29). ... Taiwan IOC presidency hopeful Wu Ching-kuo said on Thursday that "the race is not based on ethnicity." Wu said, "The world's most influential sports organization is neutral and detached, and it does not exclude or shut out anyone for his political, regional or even ethnic background, which is in line with the Olympic spirit of fair play" (CNA, 6/29).