Madrid 2020, the Spanish capital in the running to host the Olympic Games that year, has received royal approval after Crown Prince Felipe de Borbón accepted the role of honorary president of the bid.
Madrid 2020 said the Prince of Asturias’ decision to accept the honorary presidency is "a sign of his support" for the city's Olympic project.
The Prince, Spain's flag bearer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where he competed as a sailor, last week met with the Madrid 2020 Foundation Trust, headed by Madrid mayor Ana Botella and Madrid 2020 president Alejandro Blanco, who presented him with the candidature file.
Blanco, who is also the president of COE, the Spanish Olympic Committee, said: "This is wonderful news for the Madrid 2020 bid and is a further indication of the royal family’s total commitment to Spanish sport."
The Madrid 2020 Foundation Trust comprises representatives from Spain’s national, autonomous and local governments, the country’s trade unions, the national employers’ association, COE and former members of the International Olympic Committee, among them Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Pilar.
Prince Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, was honorary president of Barcelona's successful 1992 games bid.