November 8, 2005

Madrid nearer to bidding for 2016 Games

MADRID (Reuters) - Madrid moved closer to bidding for the
2016 Olympic Games on Tuesday after a meeting between the
president of the Spanish Olympic Committee Alejandro Blanco and
city mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon.

"Today was an important step forward. The mayor was
positive and enthusiastic with the Olympic project," Blanco
told Spanish news agency Europa Press.

"There is complete agreement between the mayor and what we
are planning."

Madrid lost out to London in their bid for the 2012 Olympic
Games at the vote in Singapore four months ago. The Spanish
capital came in third behind London and Paris.