POSTED: Wednesday June 10th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHICAGO 2016 WELCOMES TOKYO 2016 BID AMBASSADOR AND JAPANESE ENTERTAINER KANPEI HAZAMA TO CHICAGO

Famous Japanese comedian passes through Chicago’s bid office

CHICAGO (June 10, 2009)—Chicago 2016 Chairman and CEO Patrick G. Ryan welcomed an ambassador for Tokyo’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games—famed comedian and entertainer Kanpei Hazama—to Chicago today.

 

“In the spirit of friendship, it was an honor and pleasure to welcome Mr. Hazama to Chicago and to our headquarters. This meeting signifies the power of the Olympic Movement to bring people together from all corners of the world. We wish him safe travels as his global journey continues,” said Ryan.

 

Hazama is running and sailing on a 23,000-mile trip around the world to promote Tokyo’s bid to host the 2016 Games. He left Osaka on December 17 and passed through Tokyo before leaving for Los Angeles. Hazama sailed into Los Angeles in March and began a run to New York City.

 

“Chicago 2016 and Tokyo 2016 coming together through Kanpei Hazama demonstrates how sport and Olympism can unite people from across the world in the spirit of friendship. By completing his Earth Marathon, Hazama is already uniting our worlds—a key commitment of the Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee,” said Dr. Ichiro Kono, chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016. “Although the two cities of Tokyo and Chicago are competing to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016, today we are joined in friendship and respect for the amazing 36,000km challenge being overcome by our Japanese hero.”

 

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About Chicago 2016

Chicago 2016 is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to seek the privilege of hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Chicago. The committee’s board consists of business, civic, athletic, cultural and academic leaders representing Chicago and the surrounding Midwest region. Patrick Ryan serves as the organization’s chairman and CEO.

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