Madrid puts World cup bid ahead of Olympic dream

10:07, July 24, 2010      

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The Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon said that the Spanish capital city will put its dream of hosting the Olympic Games on hold in order to help the country with its bid to hold the 2018 World Cup finals.

The triumph of the Spanish football team in South Africa has given a huge boost to the joint World Cup bid Spain has presented along with Portugal.

The hosts for the 2018 will be announced on December 2 and Gallardon says Madrid will do everything it can to help.

Madrid failed in its bids to host the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, losing out to London and Rio de Janeiro, but Gallardon admits that hosting the World Cup takes priority over a possible attempt to host the 2020 Games.

"The Spanish Football Federation behaved incredibly well towards us in our Olympic candidacy," he said. "They directed their needs for matches to be played around the dates that favored the Madrid candidacy."

"It is not to return a favor, it is for conviction that now all of us have to work together so that Spain is able to organize this World Cup and after that we can start to think about other sporting events," said the Mayor.

Gallardon added that no decision over a third attempt to hold the Olympic Games would be taken in the near future.

"Until the Olympic Committee gives us a timeframe, I am not in conditions to say what will happen," he said, adding that should Spain be chosen to hold the 2018 World Cup that in turn would have positive repercussions should Madrid aim to celebrate the 2020 Olympics.

Source: Xinhua

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