Rogge predicts close vote for 2016

September 18, 2009

Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid are bidding to host the 2016 Games with the IOC voting on the best bid on October 2nd at its session in Copenhagen.

“It is probably going to be a couple of votes,” Rogge said of the winning margin. “Two, three four votes . . . it is going to be very close.

Barack Obama delivered a strong, personal and highly visible endorsement to the bid of his hometown of Chicago.

‘Chicago is ready. The American people are ready. We want these Games,’ Obama said.

‘We are fired up about this,’ Obama, a former Senator of Illinois and resident of Chicago, said on the south lawn of the White House.

‘Let the Games begin, right here in the United States of America.’

Obama will send his wife Michelle to lobby IOC members ahead of the vote.

Chicago bid backers had hoped Obama himelf would make the trip, but Obama said the fight to pass historic US health care reform would prevent that.

‘I promise you we are fired up about this,’ Obama said.

‘I would make a case in Copenhagen personally if I was not so firmly committed into making real the promise of quality affordable healthcare for every American.

‘But the good news is I am sending a more compelling superstar to represent the city and country we love and that is our First Lady.’

King Juan Carlos of Spain and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are expected to travel to Copenhagen.

London was awarded the 2012 Summer Games partly because British Prime Minister Tony Blair went to Singapore to lobby.

sentation (in Copenhagen) will sway the votes of two members,” he said.

Unlike on previous occasions, no clear frontrunner has emerged after two years of campaigning, with all four bids scoring well on an IOC evaluation report this month.

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