Jan. 13, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
January 10, 2008 Top National Governing Body Sport Officials Visit Chicago, Jan. 15-17 The U.S. Olympic Committee and Chicago 2016 will host Olympic and Paralympic sports leaders in a conference, January 15-17 in Chicago, to create a strong partnership with U.S. sports organizations and further strengthen its bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. Sports on the programs of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games, the Pan American and Paralympic Games have been invited to the conference to create a forum for feedback with Chicago 2016, who is seeking further input from the sports leaders at the event."This bid, first and foremost, is based on sport,"said Jim Scherr, the Chief Executive of the USOC,"and we welcome the opportunity to make this a mutually beneficial partnership with the leaders of Olympic and Paralympic sport in the United States.""These leaders of sports organizations will provide solid and meaningful input that will result in a plan that is strong from a sport and athlete perspective. This is one step in a solid partnership with our various sports bodies in the U.S." About 90 leaders are expected to attend the workshop at the Chicago Hilton, including sports administrators, technical experts and those with international responsibilities in the sport federations. The group will be briefed by the USOC and Chicago 2016, will participate in a venue tour of the planned Olympic and Paralympic sites and will have an opportunity to meet city leadership and Chicago 2016 board and committee members."This is a great opportunity to meet our nation's top amateur sports leaders,"said Patrick Ryan, Olympic bid Chairman and CEO."We highly value their knowledge of sport, governance and legacy and look forward to hearing their insights. We hope they also share our vision and become ambassadors of Chicago's Olympic bid."The visit also coincides with Chicago 2016's Applicant City Questionnaire submission to the International Olympic Committee, an important milestone for the bid as they progress in Phase 1 of the Candidature Acceptance Procedure. Chicago is competing for the XXXI Olympiad and the 2016 Paralympic Games. The host city of the 2016 Games will be announced in October, 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information contact Mica Matsoff +1.312.861.4826 (Chicago 2016 media line) media@chicago2016.org or USOC Communications at 719 866-4529, Bob Condron, USOC Director of Media Services, Bob.condron@usoc.org.
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