Daley says bidding on 2016 games was worth it

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CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says bidding on the 2016 Summer Games was worth it, even if Chicago doesn’t get the Olympics.

CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says bidding on the 2016 Summer Games was worth it, even if Chicago doesn’t get the Olympics.

Daley says the city has benefited because more people around the world know about Chicago now. And he says there will be other lasting benefits, like a commitment to youth sports.

The mayor thanked Olympic organizers and supporters Friday at a news conference at Washington Park. That’s where the Olympic stadium would be built.

Daley leaves for Copenhagen on Friday to prepare for next week’s International Olympic Committee meeting. The IOC will decide Oct. 2 if Chicago gets to host the 2016 games.

The city is a finalist along with Tokyo, Madrid and Rio De Janeiro.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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