In just over a year, the host city for the 2020 Olympic games will be chosen.
It is a decision that has been narrowed down to Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid.
Rome had been a contender until the Italian government decided to withdraw financial support because of the ongoing crisis in the eurozone.
Despite financial difficulties, the Spanish government says the Olympics could boost the economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports from Madrid.