POSTED: August 8th 2009

Summers reiterates case for Chicago 2016

Chicago 2016: a view on the future / Chicago2016
Chicago 2016: a view on the future / Chicago2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: On the first anniversary of the opening of the 2008 Olympics, a Chicago bid official has explained the reasons why he believes the American city can win host rights for 2016.

Kurt Summers, chief of staff to Pat Ryan who is president of Chicago 2016, believes that strengths include a combination of setting and leadership.

In an interview with the Xinhua Chinese news agency, he said: “There is no city in the world like Chicago. We have a great setting. The games will be played at our parks along the lake. In addition, we have unprecedented leadership. Our mayor [Richard Daley] has been here for 20 years – and the President of the United States comes from Chicago, right down the street from our proposed Olympic Stadium."

Summers is a senior advisor on governmental affairs and community outreach to legacy strategy and social benefit. He said that, whether or not President Obama would be in Copenhagen on October 2 for the vote by the International Olympic Committee, Mayor Daley would certainly be there.

He added: “The Mayor has been a part of our international presentation team, and will be with us in Copenhagen on October 2 to make the case."

Chicago is competing against rival bids from Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. The US has not hosted the summer Games since Atlanta in 1996.

Summers rejected suggestions that there was any strength behind local opposition to the Games bid, saying: “The people in Chicago largely are very excited about the prospect of winning the bid in October and the President, since he was elected, he has done even more.

"He has made video messages to the IOC as part of our presentations and has created a White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. This is unprecedented.”

Keywords · Chicago 2016 · Olympic Games · IOC · International Olympic Committee · Summers · Daley · Obama

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