On Thursday Madrid 2016 made several presentations to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Evaluation Commission, which included Medical Services and Doping Control, Geographical Situation, Technology, and Security.
Madrid 2016 officials said there are only four countries in the world, one of which is Spain, with two reputable laboratories to detect any anomalous substance that might affect an athlete’s normal performance, and one is less than 20 km away from the sub venues and the Olympic Village. The Olympic Village will have all the necessary equipment and facilities with seven hospitals within a 13.7 km radius.
By 2012 Madrid will have 475 clinical centres, 36 hospitals and 33 “specialized” centres.
Bid presenters said Spain’s geographical situation and state-of-the-art technology offer the best schedule and conditions for international broadcasters.
The Games in Spanish would allow more than 400 million Spanish-speaking people to participate in the Games, different areas will be available throughout Madrid to watch the Games live, media equipment will be tax exempt, and there will be free access to four areas where giant screens will be set up to watch competitions.
Under Madrid 2016’s security plan, the latest technological advances in electronic security will be used to implant “an integral platform that permits early detection of any threat to sporting venues”.
The management of the platform through the Security Centre in the Olympic Village will enable the transmission of all security system signals in different facilities and centralize all operational information.
Athletes will be given a Self-Protection Manual, and an Athlete Attention Call Centre will be set up 24-hours a day for their protection in and out of the Village.
There would be translators providing assistance in ten languages.
Madrid 2016 says its communications networks will be assured. Public administration promises to oversee, improve and accelerate the provision of services required by the city.
Facilities for athletes and visitors will operate over broadband and fibre optics, and set access conditions for Paralympic athletes.