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Successful Boxing Championships Could Promote Chicago 2016 Bid

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Chicago hopes a successful AIBA World Boxing Championships being held Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 in the city will help alleviate all the bad publicity Chicago organizers endured following the early cancellation of the Chicago Marathon.

USA Today reports the tournament is Chicago’s shot at proving it can host an Olympic style event. Chicago is bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jacques Rogge, head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is expected to attend as well as about a dozen other members of the IOC, which will select the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

IOC member Dick Pound of Canada said, “if you’re bidding to host…. something as complicated as the Olympics it certainly helps to show that you can organize something as simple as a world championship in one of the minor sports”.

USA Today reports officials say the failed marathon won’t hurt Chicago’s Olympic bid because a race with mostly recreational runners doesn’t compare to an event with elite athletes. But runner Marion Jones’ recent doping admission is a different story. USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth said, “everything that happens in the country that’s bidding is a factor…it’s certainly an important factor that we’re cognizant of”.

Bill Scherr, Chairman of World Sport Chicago, one of the local host groups for the championships. said the Chicago boxing tournament is a chance for the United States to show off that side of amateur sports where people play fair. He said, “we are a great sporting country and our athletes, for the most part, are clean and playing by the rules”.

The United States is hosting the boxing championships because boxing officials said the federation in Russia, the original host, had failed to fulfill some commitments. Chicago was chosen in May as the host city for the boxing championships after it beat Los Angeles to represent the United States in its 2016 Olympic bid. Write or read comments about this article

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