Tuesday, September 1, 2009

1 Month and 1 Day Until 2016 Olympic Decision

It's September 1st and to some that means the summer is ending, to others it means football is kicking off and to others it means that our beloved baseball teams are disappointing us. But this year is a little different, September 1st means we are one month and one day until the IOC votes on who will be the host for the 2016 Olympics.

With this decision looming, media coverage is already starting to ramp up. Tomorrow should be interesting for people interested in the Olympics because the IOC evaluation committee is set to publicly release the 100 page document of their findings from their visits earlier this year. With such a tight race, many people think that this report could sway potential IOC voters:
Gerhard Heiberg, an IOC executive board member from Norway, called the IOC's evaluation report to be released Wednesday "very important". He said, "at this stage there is no front-runner and no one lagging behind. All are on an equal basis. The report will be studied by IOC members perhaps more than before".

Other interesting Olympic news coming out today was that the public support polls that were commissioned by the IOC have been released today via Reuters. Madrid had the highest public support at 93%, followed closed by Chicago at 92%, then Rio at 89%. Tokyo brought up the rear with 72% public support.

On the local front, Mayor Daley has issues with potential Olympic Committee executive salaries and two oversight plans are being discussed at city hall:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Christ, I can only imagine what it'll be like around here should Chicago actually win this bid.

All one has to do is look back at the $$$ overruns associated the Millenium Park project . . . that cost taxpayers over 4 times the original estimate and counting.