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Tokyo thinks Obama will boost Chicago bid

Nov. 05, 2008, 7:07 a.m. (ET)

TOKYO(AP) Japanese Olympic officials think the election of Barack Obama as U.S. president could boost Chicago's chances of hosting the 2016 Summer Games at the expense of Tokyo's bid.

Obama's home city of Chicago is competing with Tokyo, Madrid, Spain and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to host the 2016 Olympics.

“I wonder how IOC members will react when Mr. Obama appears in a presentation for Chicago,” Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda told Japanese domestic media Wednesday.

The IOC will vote for the 2016 host at its general assembly in October next year.

“Mr. Obama is popular and good at speeches, so things could get tough for Japan,” senior JOC board member Tomiaki Fukuda was quoted saying.