Chicago Still Safe For 2016 Games – Bid Head

Pat Ryan, head of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, said the city is still a “very safe urban centre”.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Ryan said Tuesday the July 4th weekend violence downtown that left three people shot, one fatally, is a “tragedy” but he doubted it would harm the city’s chances for the 2016 Summer Games.

Ryan said, “it would be a tragedy in any city. In terms of it resonating with (International Olympic Committee (IOC)) voters and saying Chicago is an unsafe city, I don’t think that would be the case at all”.

He added, “Chicago has proven to be a very safe urban centre” and “people who come here to visit marvel at the safety and security of Chicago”.

Ryan also said IOC sentiment toward Chicago likely wouldn’t be affected by Sen. Barack Obama’s comments that if he were president of the United State he wouldn’t go to the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in a protest of China’s human rights record.