Chicago, Madrid Promote 2016 Bids

With the vote for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games host city just weeks away, Chicago and Madrid are busily trying to promote their bids. The Associated Press reports the new U.S. ambassador to China pitched Chicago’s bid while presenting his credentials to the Chinese president Friday. Jon Huntsman reportedly presented President Hu Jintao with a commemorative book on Chicago “in support of the city’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games”, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said in a statement.

And Chicago 2016 issued a press release Thursday saying it hosted international human rights activist and political leader Martin Luther King in the bid committee’s office to discuss Chicago’s bid. Patrick Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016 said, “Mr. King speaks passionately about the positive impact the Games had on Atlanta and how the Olympic Movement brings the world together in peace through sport”. King said, “today’s effort to bring the Olympic Games to Chicago is another opportunity to continue to move Chicago forward and to leave a legacy for the people of Chicago and the world to remember for decades to come. This – and the impact on the Olympic Movement overall – is why I support the bid”.

Spain’s member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. is a key member of Madrid 2016. He said, “our bid will guarantee the most enjoyable event experience because it is about people. It will be the Games with the Human Touch. In Spain we love sport, we believe in it. We know how sport can bring people together. From the King of Spain to everyday citizens, everyone is behind us and we all want the Games to come to Madrid”.