Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico has formally presented its proposal to host the 2036 Olympic Games. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, and the president of the Mexican Olympic Committee, María José Alcalá, met in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.
Mexico has the infrastructure already built to organize austere games that promote the values of peace and justice, says Ebrard. A committee to promote the candidacy will be organized in Mexico, he added.
The proposal was made Friday at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They delivered a letter in which they formally stated Mexico’s interest in hosting the next Olympics without a defined venue.
“This initiative is motivated by the historical moment that Mexico is experiencing in which the best values of our people have been revalued and our society has become more participatory,” Foreign Minister Ebrard told Bach.
María José Alcalá pointed out that the organization of the Olympic Games would promote sports in Mexico to another level, which Ebrard said, will be essential in the fight against violence and addictions.
Thomas Bach thanked Mexico for its interest and offered support and advice from the IOC to Mexico during the different stages of the candidacy.
Bach explained that the new vision of the IOC promotes the organization of Olympic Games that take advantage of the existing sports and accommodation infrastructure in the potential venues. Mexico said that the country already has most of the sports infrastructure required for the Olympic event.
During the meeting, Ebrard and Alcalá announced the upcoming formation of a committee, with broad representation, to support the Mexican Olympic candidacy.
Ebrard said the most outstanding episode in the long and fruitful relationship between Mexico and the international Olympic movement has been the organization of the Olympic Games held in Mexico City in 1968.
These games not only allowed Mexico to show its ability to organize an event at world level, but they contributed to the legacy of sports and urban infrastructure in addition to the cultural and artistic accompaniment that from then on, forms part of our history.