Madrid 2016 officials welcomed Thursday the news that Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will create an exclusive Ministry of Sport in his next parliamentary reshuffle.
In a press release Mercedes Coghen, Madrid 2016 bid leader said, “this is fantastic news for Spain, for Spanish sport and for the Madrid Olympic bid. Sport has gained an importance through its international recognition as much as for the benefits it holds for both individuals and society. The Spanish government and all State departments are working to achieve the acknowledgment of Madrid as a successful Olympic host city. This is a further step and represents the commitment of the Prime Minister to the Olympic Games and their preparation as a priority project to benefit everyone in Spain and beyond”.