Chicago mayor cautious on Olympics bid

Sept. 26, 2010 at 1:06 PM
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CHICAGO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says his city will be a long shot to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and should think twice about bidding.

Daley said this weekend the International Olympic Committee will likely favor a city in a region where the Olympics have not been held before over the United States.

"They've never been in India, they've never been in Africa and they haven't been in the Middle East," said Daley, who was speaking at the annual Chicago Gourmet event. "So those three parts of the world will come first."

Daley's remarks came a day after the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Larry Probst, told the Chicago Tribune that the Windy City would likely be the leading U.S. contender to host the games. Chicago lost out to Rio de Janeiro early this year in the bidding for the 2016 games.

The Tribune noted Sunday that Daley is not running for re-election and warned his successor that Chicago would have limited input on the IOC's decision. "You can't participate," he said. "So be careful how much money you spend."

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