Chicago Favourite? – By Philp Hersch, From The Chicago Tribune.

June 18, 2009

IOC member Cinquanta: Chicago the favorite

By Philip Hersh

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Ottavio Cinquanta of Italy is unsparing in his praise of U.S. contributions to sport.

That is among the reasons why Cinquanta, an International Olympic Committee member and president of the International Skating Union, likes the Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Games.

“To me, Chicago is the favorite,”  Cinquanta said Thursday.  “Why?  The dossier is excellent and, for me, yet again, it is a matter of the U.S. contribution to sport.  The U.S. has given (the world) athletes, organization, television and innovation in competition.

“The candidatures are from cities, but the cities are in countries, and what Chicago’s country has done for sport in general over the years is very important.”

Cinquanta said his IOC colleagues have been impressed by a change in U.S. attitudes toward the world.

“My colleagues much prefer the American approach of today to the one of seven-eight months ago,” Cinquanta said.  “It is the friendly American.  And now their attitude is not `the world needs Chicago but that Chicago needs the world.”’

Cinquanta also said he was impresse d that the U.S. presented another candidate after New York was next-to-last of five in the 2012 bid race.

“This is an expresssion of dignity and being a sportsman,” Cinquanta said.

European Olympic Committees president Pat Hickey of Ireland, who sat with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley during a Wednesday lunch at the Olympic Museum, said he is solidly behind Madrid after the EOC gave it a strong vote of support.

IOC member Richard Pound of Canada said Madrid may be “handicapped because it has to split the votes of the Hispanic world.”  He figures some will go to Madrid, others to Rio de Janeiro, a Portuguese-speaking country surrounded by the Hispanic nations of South America, which never has had an Olympics.

Pound said Chicago can “only gain from the exposure it gained” in three days of close contact with IOC members, both before and after Wednesday’s presentations.

“Competing with world capitals, Chicago was starting a meter back,” Pound said.  “Not many IOC members know Chicago and how good it is.”

IOC member Kevan Gosper of Australia also is impressed with Chicago.

“Each candidate brings its own strengths, but the Chicago presentation of venues on the waterfront of a great city has to be taken seriously,” Gosper said.

Fonte: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/sports_globetrotting/page/2/

Categorias olimpismo

2 comentários em “Chicago Favourite? – By Philp Hersch, From The Chicago Tribune.

  1. Hermenengildo, O idiota agosto 11, 2009 — 10:15 am

    Nada como ter o apoio do presidente da maior economia do mundo…
    By the way, o COI quando anunciar o vencedor quer ter a certeza de que as olimpíadas transcorerrão de maneira suave e dentro dos prazos e etc, preservando é óbvio os investimentos e valor de mercado da marca das Olimpíadas, um evento esportivo que envolve bilhões de dólares em investimento privado. Ou seja, valem as regras de mercado, e sob esta perspectiva o COI analisará se o investimento dará retorno.

    O que o COB até hoje não entendeu é que não basta bancar o pobre coitado que fez o dever de casa, eles acham que fizeram, para galgar novos desafios.

    Mal conseguiram dirigir uma fusca e agora querem pilotar uma Ferrari. Poxa Srs. membros do COI nós nunca dirigimos uma Ferrari, deixa tio por favor? rs

    Mais hilário ainda, foi a sabatina protocolar que o dossiê de candidatura do Brazil sofeu, ter sido interpretada como sob uma ótica vesga e tacanha, no senido de que, quanto menos perguntam maior o interesse, alguém por favor lance luz sobre esta ótica deturpada!!!

    Curtir

Deixe um comentário

Preencha os seus dados abaixo ou clique em um ícone para log in:

Logotipo do WordPress.com

Você está comentando utilizando sua conta WordPress.com. Sair /  Alterar )

Foto do Google

Você está comentando utilizando sua conta Google. Sair /  Alterar )

Imagem do Twitter

Você está comentando utilizando sua conta Twitter. Sair /  Alterar )

Foto do Facebook

Você está comentando utilizando sua conta Facebook. Sair /  Alterar )

Conectando a %s

%d blogueiros gostam disto:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close