Reaction To Chicago’s Last Place Ranking On BidIndex

ABC reports Chicago 2016 committee officials said that it means nothing for Chicago to be in last place on GamesBids.com’s BidIndex ranking of the four cities bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Officials said all that really matters is what the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members think of Chicago when they visit the city next week to inspect the bid.

Lori Healey, President of Chicago 2016 said, “we feel very strongly about how strong our bid is”.

But those opposing Chicago’s bid welcomed GamesBids.com’s BidIndex ranking. Tom Tresser of NoGamesChicago.com said, “it is good news to the people of Chicago who have not been told the truth about the Games. It would bring debt and displacement”, he said.

Tresser’s group is planning a big rally against Chicago’s bid when the IOC visits the city.

According to BidIndex, Tokyo is ranked first followed closely by the other three bid cities – Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Chicago.

Rob Livingstone, producer of GamesBids.com called it an “exceptional race” adding that for 2016 “BidIndex hasn’t revealed any clear division between the candidates. It seems that all four bids are equally qualified to come in first – as well as last place in the voting”.

Meanwhile Chicago 2016 may get a boost ahead of the IOC vote. The Associated Press reports the committee has an early commitment from U.S. President Barack Obama to be in Copenhagen in October for its final presentation and the IOC vote.

And the bid is getting support from an Asian-American group called “Asians 4 Chicago 2016. The group hosted an Asian-American community rally Saturday when nearly 2,000 people attended. Chicago 2016 bid representatives were there to accept the presentation of a signed Resolution of Support from Chicago’s Asian American community and speak to the group about Chicago’s bid.