Rio Takes the Lead
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge seemingly closed the door on any possibility that President Obama would lead a Chicago delegation to Copenhagen next month in a final pitch for the 2016 Summer Games.
The White House announced in recent days that first lady Michelle Obama would be leading the Chicago team when they make their final pitch Oct. 2 before the IOC, which will then select a host city.
Spain’s King and Brazil’s president are expected to go to Copenhagen, and Tokyo is urging its new prime minister to join the bid.
Observers believe Tony Blair helped London win the 2012 Games and Vladimir Putin, speaking English for the first time in public, swayed the IOC when it tapped Sochi for the 2014 Games.