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Honolulu Mayor Hannemann Lends Mayors’ Support for Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid

By Tom McClimon
April 27, 2009


“The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games present an exciting opportunity for the United States to showcase American athletic talent, foster meaningful relationships with other nations, and draw thousands of international visitors to U.S. cities,” said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann as he joined with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley April 6 in Chicago to present to the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission the United States proposal to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

“The Olympics will be great for Chicago and for our nation,” Hannemann stated. “Honolulu and other cities stand to benefit tremendously from new opportunities the games will create for the travel and sports industries,” continued Hannemann, who is Chair of the Conference of Mayors Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports (TAPES) and is co-chair with Daley of the Conference of Mayors 2016 Olympic Task Force. “For example, US cities could be training sites for athletes or serve as stopovers for travelers heading to and from Chicago,” he said.

Hannemann emphasized to the IOC Commission that the US Conference of Mayors strongly supports Chicago’s Olympic bid. As part of the conference's efforts to showcase its support, many cities are developing plans to hold Olympic Day sporting events in June with youth, adults, and former Olympians. Information on ways cities can sponsor an Olympic Day can be obtained by accessing the US Olympic Committee website at www.teamusa.org. or by contacting Keith Bryant at the US Olympic Committee at Keith.Bryant@usoc.org or by calling 719-866-2238. A report on each city’s Olympic Day plans will be given at the Conference of Mayors 77th Annual Meeting in Providence in June.

Chicago is competing with Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 2 to decide which city will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.