The US President Barrack Obama will join with a group of influential fellow Americans to attend this week’s International Olympic Committee meeting in Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Post confirmed that Obama and others will be in the Danish capital to throw their weight behind Chicago’s Olympic bid for 2016.
US-based NBC news advised that Obama will depart Thursday for arrival in Copenhagen on Friday morning ahead of the IOC meeting. The visit is expected to be brief, with the president set to fly out on the same day. During Friday’s meeting, Obama will be present to see the delegation from Chicago make its final IOC presentation ahead of the announcement in early October. The winner will be decided on 2 October, and will be revealed from the Danish capital.
Michelle Obama, who had already confirmed her attendance at the presentation, will meet with her husband in Denmark having flown in some time earlier.
Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro are the other host cities bidding to win the nomination. The bidding war has been ongoing since 2007 with the field narrowed down to the four finalists in June 2008. The significance of hosting the Olympics was not lost on world leaders, with Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva both travelling to Copenhagen for Friday’s meeting.
Additional police resources have been called in from neighbouring Funen and Jutland ahead of the visit by the heads of state. Hundreds of officers are gathered at the Bella Center venue which is currently being prepared for the important meeting.