Cycling Fed. Approves Madison Olympic Course
CHICAGO (AP) -- The venues proposed for an Olympics in Chicago in 2016 have gotten the approval of all 26 international sport federations, bid organizers said Thursday.
Chicago 2016 consulted with the various federations in developing its bid plan. Earlier this month, it moved the road cycling and mountain biking to Madison, Wis., after the International Cycling Union indicated it wanted tougher courses.
"Athletes have always been at the center of our games plan, and we worked closely with the federations to ensure that our venue plan would meet the needs of the Olympians and Paralympians while ultimately benefiting sport," said Patrick Ryan, Chicago 2016's chairman and chief executive officer.
"We believe our games plan will provide a spectacular experience for the athletes, on and off the field."
Chicago is bidding against Tokyo; Madrid, Spain; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Games, which would be the first Summer Olympics in the United States in 20 years. Chicago is touting its compact bid, which would put more than 90 percent of athletes within 15 minutes of their competition sites and have most venues clustered along the city's scenic downtown lakefront.
Chicago also says its plan is fiscally responsible, with 79 percent of its venues in existing or temporary sites.
The International Olympic Committee's evaluation commission will visit Chicago from April 4-7. The IOC will select the 2016 host city Oct. 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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