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Plans to Revive the Dream of Madridís Aquatics Center

MADRID Ė Spanish swimming officials are seeking to revive Madridís Aquatics Center, a project that was abandoned when the city failed to win the right to host the Olympic Games.

ďWe have a unique and historic opportunity that can mark the future of the aquatic sports, Madridís Aquatics Center,Ē Fernando Carpena, head of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation (RFEN), said during an aquatics forum on Monday at EFEís headquarters in Madrid.

Carpena said he is convinced that the creation of new facilities that would allow athletes to progress is crucial for the ďimprovementĒ of aquatic sports.

New facilities would be adjusted to the reality of the Spanish sport and based on projects of sustainable management, such the one the federation has in mind for the center.

RFEN said it wants to make the most of the never completed Madridís Aquatics Center that was designed as part of the Spanish capitalís unsuccessful bid to host 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

Quim Pujol, head of the International Swimming Federationís facilities commission, said that a solution to the centerís current situation must be figured out.

The new Aquatic Center is based on the structure that already exists over 22,000 square meters and includes two 50-meter swimming pools and would have permanent stands for 1,900 people that could be expanded to accommodate 4,500.

This would bring it in line with what other cities bidding for the Olympics have been doing, Pujol said.

It would be a similar design to Parisís plan for the 2024 Olympics.

The creation of Madridís new Aquatic Center would cost 30 million euro ($56 million) and could take two years.

Carpena said that the project has been presented to all the involved stakeholders Ė The National Sports Council, Spanish Olympic Committee, different political parties, Madridís autonomous government and Madridís city council, which is the owner of the land.

ďThe availability of the City Council is clear and in meetings with political groups has seen the project as something attractive that would improve the infrastructure of the city,Ē he added.

 

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