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Chicago bid boss says regional voting, IOC-USOC friction costly

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ryan1A family feud and voters backing the city in their region in the first round led to Chicago’s early exit in last week’s voting to determine the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the head of that city’s bid said.

“Don’t for a moment believe that Chicago finished fourth,” Patrick Ryan told hundreds of executives at a breakfast meeting in downtown Chicago.

Chicago had been considered a favorite in the voting along with Rio de Janeiro, which ended up beating out Madrid and Tokyo after three rounds on Friday in Copenhagen. Chicago was eliminated after the first round of voting with the fewest votes.

“People didn’t vote the way they said they would,” Ryan said of the first round count. He said IOC members in these votes often vote by region in the first round before switching to their ultimate candidate in subsequent rounds. That was certainly the case this time, he said.

from Raw Japan:

Tokyo lights go out

Tokyo's failure to win the 2016 Olympic bid triggered bemused shrugs and a rush for the exits at Tokyo Tower when the result was announced well past midnight on Saturday morning. In truth, no one at the bid party in the Tower seemed to really expect Tokyo to win.

Drummers drummed, cheerleaders rustled pom-poms and a seeming endless string of noisy TV celebrities took turns at the microphone to drum up some Olympic fever among the 400-plus partygoers.

Olympics 2016 decision day: live blog

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Join us for our live blog on the day of the decision for the 2016 Olympic Games, with Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo the four candidate cities.
Comments are open, so please give us your views and predictions, and we have a poll running, so give us your vote as well! poll by twiigs.com

Kevin Fylan, Copenhagen

When Owen met Oprah


On the subject of the 2016 Olympics (see a couple of posts below, or click here) this is what happened when Owen Wyatt met Oprah Winfrey late on Wednesday.

She was certainly struck by Owen’s accent…

Will the Obama effect win the 2016 Games for Chicago?

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Michelle Obama arrived in Copenhagen on Wednesday to begin a significant lobbying effort for Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, with her husband expected to join her on the day of Friday’s vote.

The presence of the U.S. president and first lady will give a massive boost to Chicago in its efforts to see off Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro in a secret ballot of International Olympic Committee members in the Danish capital on Friday.

from Raw Japan:

Countdown to 2016 Gold

DENMARK/The delegations and heads of state are gathering in Copenhagen with less than one week to go until the International Olympic Committee's decision on which city will host the 2016 Games.

Billions of dollars in investment and national pride are at stake. Oddsmakers are pegging a close race ahead of the Oct. 2 vote, and we are adding a new question to our poll on candidate cities (included below).

from Raw Japan:

The 2016 Gold

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Less than a month until the International Olympic Committee's selection of the winning city in the 2016 Olympic bid campaign, and the IOC in a report Wednesday has the candidates in a dead heat.

All bid cities -- Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo -- will make a push before the Oct. 2 decision in Copenhagen, with billions of dollars in investment and national prestige at stake. 

Boyz II Men risk a Barack-ing over Tokyo Olympic support

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boyzAsk not what you can do for your country … ask its direct competitor if it wants any help with its Olympic bid.

Tokyo’s 2016 campaign has been short on glamour backers and is struggling to match Chicago’s trump card, American President Barack Obama - until now.

“Doctor Rossi” gives sport an injection of charm

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It is not very often, in the modern era of pampered sports celebrities who are coached before interviews and can smell a potentially endorsement-breaking question a mile off that you meet one you would like to go and have a drink with, not least one whose English is slightly ropey.

Italy’s multiple MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi bucked the trend in an interview this week, however, convincing me there was merit in the drawn-out process of setting up an exclusive audience rather than just having a management company wheel out a cardboard cut-out.Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy smiles during a news conference in Tokyo

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