Madrid mayor nixes new bid

Updated: September 12, 2013, 10:32 AM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- After failing in a third straight bid to host the Olympics, Madrid Mayor Ana Botella says the Spanish capital should not try again.

"Madrid shouldn't seek to hold the games in 2024" because "the bidding race has already provided all the benefits we can ask of it," Botella said.

The International Olympic Committee voted Saturday for Tokyo to stage the 2020 Games. Madrid was eliminated in the first round of voting, and Istanbul fell in the final round.

Madrid's bid was hurt by Spain's economic recession and its shaky record on fighting doping in sports.


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