Spain might be undergoing the worst recession imaginable and there may be millions out of work but it hasn’t stopped the government applying to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The President, Mariano Rajoy must feel confident that the country will be out of the mire by then and will be able to afford the huge expense involved.
The International Olympic Commission began its four-day evaluation visit to the Spanish capital on Monday. Early in the morning the commission held a private meeting with the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, at which the conservative People's party leader expressed the government's full support for the bid.
I imagine that things will come to halt today though because not only is it a national fiesta day (el Dia del Padres) but also this morning the new Pope will be inaugurated at the Vatican.