POSTED: February 12th 2009

Chicago and Tokyo weigh in

Stuart Owen Rankin brings the legacy of Jesse Owens back to the heart of the Olympic movement / Image: Chicago2016
Stuart Owen Rankin brings the legacy of Jesse Owens back to the heart of the Olympic movement / Image: Chicago2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: Bid leaders from Tokyo and Chicago completed the candidature file handovers in Lausanne – following up on the process initiated the previous day by Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

The IOC evaluation commission, chaired by IOC executive board member Nawal El Moutawakel, will analyse the candidature files and make site inspections as follows: April 4-7 Chicago, April 16-19 Tokyo, April 29-May 2 Rio de Janeiro and May 5-8 Madrid.

The commission will then prepare a report to be submitted to IOC members no later than one month before the election on October 2 in Copenhagen.

Chicago's bid book was hand-delivered by Chicago’s own Stuart Owen Rankin, grandson of four-time Olympic gold medallist Jesse Owens who created his own legend at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The bid book contained hand-crafted Chicago stars especially drawn by children from the Jesse Owens Community Academy.

Rankin said: “As a Chicago native and the grandson of Jesse Owens, I am honored to be involved in this process and am committed to Chicago's efforts to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"I believe Chicago is an ideal choice due to its diversity, respect and appreciation for sport, and the legacy the Games will provide in our communities and for the Olympic Movement."

Tokyo’s bid leaders presented their file in the confident belief that it demonstrated how the Japanese city would host the most compact, sustainable and financially-robust Games. They see the Games as crucial to “the largest urban and environmental transformation in history and as a major legacy contribution to the Olympic movement.”

The Tokyo 2016 delegation included deputy director-general Yasuhiro Nakamori, and Jiro Matsuda who is deputy director-general of the Tokyo bid promotion division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Nakamori said: “It was an honour to present Tokyo 2016's unique and innovative file. We have worked tirelessly to develop the strongest possible offering, listening to athletes at every stage of our planning and design to ensure their needs are fully met and exceeded.”

Hence the Tokyo concept, entitled: 'Setting the Stage for Heroes.'

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