Tokyo 2016, Chicago 2016 Present At AIPS

Officials from Tokyo 2016 and Chicago 2016 presented their Games concept to leading international media and other members of the Olympic and Paralympic Family at the 72nd International Press Association Conference (AIPS) in Milan Italy.

Tokyo 2016’s presentation explained how the bid aims to deliver its promise through several key strengths, including an “inspirational” venue plan, the support and passion of the people of Tokyo and Japan, and the “incredible” city assets of Japan’s “dynamic” capital.

Under Tokyo 2016’s plan, which was designed by Olympians and Paralympians, 97 per cent of competition venues would be within 8 km of the Olympic Stadium and nearby Athletes’ Village.

A unique feature of the plan for media is the absence of a media village, because Tokyo 2016 says it would provide the media with no less than 19,000 first-rate hotel rooms with the service and style of 5-star accommodation, but at 3-star prices.

Meanwhile the leaders of Chicago’s 2016 bid promised unprecedented political support for their bid, underlining the backing of U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Associated Press reports Chicago 2016 vice chairman Mike Roberts said Obama is a key component in securing the first U.S. Summer Games since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

He said, “President Obama is committed to bringing the Games back to the United States. He is an athlete who understands the power of sports to inspire change and because of this he has inaugurated the Olympic office in the White House.

“With Mayor Daley in City Hall, and Barack Obama in the White House, we have the highest ever political support for an Olympic bid”.