Will obama influence chicago’s 2016 olympics bid

Will Obama Influence Chicago’s 2016 Olympics Bid

Will he or won’t he? Will Obama influence Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics? Consider for a moment the possibilities. It’s down to just four cities now:
Olympic athletes could be heading to the games along Chicago’s lake front. Volleyball players could be doing battle on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Runners could be racing past Tokyo’s Imperial Palace Or soccer players could be hurtling goals in Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.

After a two year campaign that saw dozens of cities vying for the opportunity to host the games in their city, it is down to just four contenders and a group from the International Olympic committee who will soon make the residents of one city very, very happy.

The choice could very well come this: Will Obama influence Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics? Will President Barack Obama go to Copenhagen and push the IOC to consider Chicago’s bid first? And what about Rio? Is it time for there to be a South American Olympics?

In the race to the finish line, Rio has the strongest emotional backdrop to offer — besides its sandy white beaches and temperate South American climate, it has the best argument of all: The Olympics have never been held (not even once) anywhere in South America.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva put this question to the committee considering their bid: “Do only rich countries get to host the games or should emerging economies get the chance once in a while also?” Considering that the only other continent never to have had an Olympics is Africa, this has got to send a strong message to the people at the IOC.

Chicago however is trying to bring the Summer Games back to the U.S. for the first time since Atlanta in 1996. There is good reason for the IOC to consider the venue. Basically, the Olympics is fueled by money and a lot of it. Hosting the Olympics in the United States means that there is a real chance of bringing in some serious sponsorships for the games.

Chicago’s hopes then largely depends on that single question, will Obama influence Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics?  Will he follow in the footsteps of Tony Blair, then Britain’s prime minister who helped secure the London Olympics when he went to personally plead his country’s case back in 2005 and Vladimir Putin, who pleaded for his country to host the games in 2014? Time is running out Mr. President. Time to step up to the plate.

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