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(Honolulu, October 1, 2009)- Mayor Mufi Hannemann will gather tomorrow morning in Seattle with mayors from across the United States who are attending the US Conference of Mayors Leadership Meeting to watch the International Olympic Committee’s decision on which city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“We all have our fingers crossed for Chicago,” said Hannemann.  “The competition with Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo is intense, and we’re hoping for the best.”

Mayor Hannemann is the Co-Chair with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley of the US Conference of Mayors 2016 Olympic Task Force.  In April, Hannemann joined Mayor Daley, Oprah Winfrey and other dignitaries in Chicago for a presentation to the IOC’s Evaluation Commission. 

“The Olympics will be great for Chicago, and for our nation,” stated Hannemann.  Honolulu and many other cities stand to benefit tremendously from opportunities the games will create for travel, tourism and sports industries.”

The US Conference of Mayors strongly supports Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Games.  Mayor Hannemann and other mayors showcased that support by holding an “Olympic Day” back in June.  Children, adults and former Olympians participated in a variety of events to show support for bringing the Games to the United States.

“We have a power-packed delegation now in Copenhagen, Denmark to make a final presentation to the IOC on Friday,” Hannemann said.  “President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will each make a presentation to the Committee on why Chicago is best to host.” 

In addition to the President and First Lady, Chicagoan Oprah Winfrey and 14 Olympic and 2 Paralympic gold medalists are in Denmark, including Michael Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Nadia Comaneci.