Olympic Notes: Spanish Athletics Federation President Acknowledges Financial Struggles
Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) President José María Odriozola "admitted that 'medals are very expensive'" at the World Athletics Championships, a nine-day event starting Saturday in Moscow. Odriozola assured that "he cannot perform miracles after the economic cutbacks his organization has suffered." Odriozola: "In two years they have reduced our budget for public subsidies by 70%. What can we do?" (DPA, 8/8). ... Madrid Mayor Ana Botella arrived in Moscow on Thursday, where "she will look for support for the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid and attend the opening ceremonies of the World Athletics Championships," which will take place from Saturday through Aug. 18. Botella is scheduled for a meeting on Friday with Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov to "discuss the candidacy less than one month from the 2020 Olympics host site will be decided." Botella will also meet with Moscow Mayor Sergéi Sobianin "to strengthen the cooperation between the capital cities on tourism matters" (AS, 8/8).