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USA Judo Supports Chicago's Bid for 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Oct. 01, 2009, 5:19 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - On Friday, the International Olympic Committee will convene in Copenhagen, Denmark to select the city that will play host to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  The IOC will choose among Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid

"Chicago offers a win-win-win proposition.  For the International Sports Federations, the Olympians and the National Olympic Committees, Chicago offers an unparalleled scenario to host the 2016 Olympic Games," said USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.)  "Chicago 2016 staff and leadership have done a yeoman's job in bringing this bid along and deserve to win.  For those of us who have dedicated our lives to sport we hope that the IOC members see it that way on Friday." 

Twenty-six Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including 1984 Olympic silver medalist in judo Bobby Berland (Chicago, Ill.), will be joined in Copenhagen by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to support Chicago's bid this week.

Fans can still show their support for Chicago 's bid by registering as a supporter on the Chicago 2016 Web site (http://www.chicago2016.org/support-the-bid.aspx).  

A variety of activities are planned to follow the final IOC selection process on Oct. 2, including options for fans who live in and outside of the Chicago area.

Chicagoans can go to Daley Plaza to watch the announcement and other activities live on Oct. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. CDT.

Supporters of Chicago 2016 also can follow the action live on both television and the Internet.

Universal Sports and UniversalSports.com will air and live-stream NBC5 News Chicago's coverage of the announcement of the winning bid city for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. EDT. 

"As part of our mission of airing Olympic sports and events that are impactful within the Olympic framework, the IOC announcement awarding the 2016 Summer Games to one of these great international cities is very deserving of our attention," said Claude Ruibal, CEO of Universal Sports.  "We're extremely pleased to be able to offer this coverage to our millions of viewers around the U.S. and online, and to work closely with our NBC5 Chicago partners to make this happen."

UniversalSports.com will be streaming video from 2:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT, and will show each of the four finalist cities' LIVE presentations at the following times (all times Eastern):

2:45 - 3:55 a.m.    Chicago Final Bid Presentation
4:25 - 5:45 a.m.    Tokyo Final Bid Presentation
6:05 - 7:25 a.m.    Rio de Janeiro Final Bid Presentation
8:45 - 9:55 a.m.    Madrid Final Bid Presentation
12:30 - 1 p.m.      Announcement of Host City for 2016 Olympic Games

To learn more about Chicago's plans and recent news about 2016, go to www.chicago2016.org.

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