Friday, June 19 8:00 p.m.
After 11hours in the air, an hour agonizing wait for our luggage to show up, and having our gracious ride-giver circle O’Hare in the downpour 15 times before she could pick us up…We’re back.
El Pais – Spanish language press coverage
DAY FOUR BEGINS AT DAWN
DAY THREE REALLY HEATS UP
And I mean hot! It was a blistering day at the International Olympic Museum as all four candidate cities trooped in to make their final pitches to the IOC.
They were all met by the No Games delegation who had set up an improvised newsstand on the plaza in front of the museum entrance.
We engaged dozens of reporters, IOC members and tourists (the museum was open to the public) as we staffed our post. We formally delivered enough copies of the evidence book for all the attending IOC members and distributed another 50 copies to members of the press!
And this just in…
A BUSY DAY IN LAUSANNE
Today three members of No Games Chicago paid a visit to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. The three members were Martin Macias, Tom Tresser and Rhoda Whitehorse.
We came with boxes of a 160 page bound document we called “The Book of Evidence” that contained copies of news reports, articles and commentaries from the recent past that document our contention that Chicago should not get the 2016 Olympic games. We timed our arrival to coincide with the conclusion of a press conference done by the IOC President. Members of the Chicago press corps were present as were representatives from the other three candidate cities and members of the press from those countries.
A senior IOC official met with No Games member Tom Tresser privately for about 15 minutes. Tom repeated our request for a meeting with IOC President Jacques Rogges or a senior IOC executive. We also requested 10 minutes to meet with the IOC members after all the canidate cities have made their presentations on Wednesday. The official was very helpful and said he would pass on our requests. He also assured us that our materials would be delivered to IOC members.
On Wednesday the action shifts to the IOC Museum. The Chicago 2016 Committee will make their presentation to the IOC from 9:15 to 10:45am and then holds a press conference at 11:45am. We will hold our own press conference immediately after.
NOW IT CAN BE REVEALED!
Three members of the No Games Chicago Coalition have been in Lausanne, Switzerland since Monday morning! Martin Macias, Tom Tresser and Rhoda Whitehorse have traveled to the headquarters city of the International Olympic Committee to tell them NOT to award the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.
As far as we know, this is the first time a citizen’s delegation has made such a journey to make such a demand in the one hundred year plus history of the modern Olympics.
Check back here over the next few days for video updates, pictures and exclusive behind the scenes information!
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