Category Archives: Other finalist cities

Chicago Indy Media Tells The No Games Story

Thanks to Mitch Szczeppanczyk and the folks at Chicago Indy Media for this eight minute re-cap of the Folly for the 2016 Olympic Bid and the role of No Games Chicago.


2016 Orders Anti-Bid News Report Cancelled

From the Drudge Report:

Sun Sep 27 2009 21:56:11 ET

A local TV station that reported on Chicagoans NOT wanting the Olympics has been told NOT to run the report again, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT!

The Chicago Olympic Committee told FOX Chicago that its broadcast "would harm Chicago's chances" to be awarded the games. The station's news director ordered staff to hold fire after the report aired once last Thursday morning, claims a source.

Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio are mounting strong bids for the honor to host in 2016. The International Olympic Committee makes its decision on Friday. President Obama will lead the in-person push.

Watch the offending news report from Fox Chicago News.

Visit New Web Site “Chicagoans for Rio”

This site is an absolute blast, filled with information, a great “Back the bid” video and even an online store!

Chicagoans_For_Rio-screen.-small No Games doesn’t know who these folks are but we love their sense of humor. They’ve obviously done their home work. They did expalin themselves to

Rio Bid Gaining Ground

As reported online by AFP:

Rio de Janeiro’s bid to become the first South American city to host the Olympics is gathering momentum, a source close to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told AFP on Thursday.

By contrast the long-time favourites and frontrunners for 2016, Chicago, are losing ground equally fast and alienating many IOC members previously favourable to them, largely due to gaffes by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

The other two cities – Tokyo and Madrid – are still in with a chance but have much ground to make up before the vote of IOC members in Copenhagen on October 2.

Rio have made huge advances ever since their charismatic IOC member Carlos Nuzman made a passionate and effective presentation to the European Olympic Committee (EOC) in Istanbul last November.

Aided to a large part by Brazilian president Luis Ignacio ‘Lula’ da Silva, they have built on that steadily and with apparently a vibrant economy and the funds in place they are ready to meet all the requirements of the IOC.

Can Chicago Overtake Rio for the Games?

Frank Deford in a recent Sports Illustrated column wonders…

Our underdog soccer team’s success last week in South Africa was a sweet surprise till Brazil caught us — but, in the meantime, in the year’s other major international sports competition, we’re the heavy favorite. But can we hang on down the stretch this next time against Brazil? Can Chicago beat out Rio for the right to hold the 2016 Olympics?

All along, Chicago’s been the choice, with the British books still holding that toddlin’ town at slightly better than even money, Rio around 5-2, with Tokyo and Madrid as longshots.

There is, after all, a popular theory that the International Olympic Committee feels that it better butter its bread and periodically award the Games to the U.S. because we ante up so much television money. In truth, though, that’s might be wishful thinking, because the reality is that the IOC deigns to award the Summer Olympics to the U.S. only as a last resort.

Read the rest of the column