Madrid media facilities "best ever"

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Mercedes Coghen, the CEO of Madrid's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, has insisted there would be "no compromise" in providing the best possible facilities for members of the media.

Coghen was speaking at the 2009 Congress of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in the Italian city of Milan a week before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation commission was due to visit the Spanish capital. The evaluation commission has already visited Chicago in the US and Tokyo in Japan, and at the time of Coghen's comments was visiting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The support for media representatives was a hot topic at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with journalists complaining of restricted access to some websites at the start of the Games. However, Coghen believes the media will be impressed by Madrid's plans. "We know the hours for the media are long and the pressures to deliver coverage are great so there will be no compromise in providing what we believe will be the best media village ever seen at an Olympic and Paralympic Games, " she said. "The Media Village – which is right next to the Main Press Centre and the International Broadcast Centre – is state of the art. The design was chosen from plans submitted by 19 different architects and the futuristic facilities and living accommodation cover 20 hectares of land very close to the main Olympic venues, just 15 minutes to the Olympic Park by bus. I am pleased to say that the media will be very well looked after in Madrid in 2016. "The IOC Evaluation Commission will develop a report on its findings which will be published on 2 September 2009. The IOC Host City vote will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 October 2009. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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