Manuel Cobo, deputy Mayor of Madrid, speaking to the online edition of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, said he was not concerned that the election of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama would be a setback to Madrid’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, reports Xinhua.
He said, “the Chicago candidacy will try and take advantage, as is logical, of the fact that one of their citizens is the President-elect. However, you have to know that every member of International Olympic Committee has their own different criteria.
“The fact that the president of a country is from a candidate city is not going to change anyone’s voting intention. From what we know at the moment, Madrid has serious prospects of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games, irrespective of who is the president of the United States”.