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  • Press Release: Chicago 2016 Bid Leaders to Attend SportAccord in Athens


    CHICAGO (May 30, 2008) ? Representatives from the Chicago 2016 bid committee and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will be traveling to Athens, Greece to take part in the 2008 SportAccord conference June 2?6, 2008. At this year?s conference, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce the short list of Candidate Cities for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The annual international sports convention brings representatives from 100 International Sports Federations, including the International Olympic Committee Executive Board, to discuss the key issues facing the sports industry. Other attendees include sponsors, bidding and host cities, architects, sports lawyers, broadcasters, Games organizing committees, rights holders and other specialists.

    ?On behalf of the City of Chicago, we are honored to represent the United States at SportAccord,? said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. ?This meeting is a great opportunity to showcase Chicago, advance the Olympic movement, and, if we are honored to be selected as a Candidate City, proceed with our bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralypic Game.?

    ?SportAccord is an excellent opportunity for the Chicago 2016 bid team to continue learning about international sport, develop relationships with other leaders and cultivate ideas to create a strong legacy of sport,? said Patrick Ryan, the Chicago 2016 bid chairman and CEO. ?We enthusiastically anticipate the announcement of Candidate Cities and will be privileged should Chicago be included on that list.?

    Chicago is honored to be competing for the privilege of hosting the 2016 Games alongside the world-class cities of Prague, Czech Republic; Tokyo, Japan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Baku, Azerbaijan; Doha, Qatar; and Madrid, Spain.

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