"Back the Bid" Supporters Step Up for IOC Tour

Volunteers for Chicago's Olympic Committe came out in rain to show support

By Peggy Cassidy
|  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009  |  Updated 3:58 PM CDT
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Volunteers came out to show the IOC that Chicagoans "Back the Bid."

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The International Olympic Committee, touring proposed Olympic venues under grey and rainy skies on Sunday, were greeted with more demonstations, but these were different from the hostile forces they may have seen been protesting the Games in recent days.

Today, groups of impassioned participants gathered at the venue sites with signs and bullhorns, hoping the committee will hear them when they say, "We back the bid." 

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that more than 100 volunteers bearing flags from various nations gathered in Washington Park early Sunday, preparing for their moment with the IOC.  By the time the IOC members arrived at the site, about 205 volunteers were onhand.

An organizer standing on a scaffolding prior to their arrival, singled out a volunteer bearing the flag of Chinese Taipei, the Trib reported.

"You have a very important job" he said, noting that there was a IOC committee member from Chinese Taipei. "We want make sure he sees that flag."

The committee memeber visited the proposed Olympic Village site on Michael Reese Hospital property earlier in the day. They were met there by Mayor Daley and former Olympic diver Greg Louganis.

It's all good for the Chicago 2016 committee, which may have had something to do with the fact that there were no anti-Olympic protesters in sight at any of the venues. 

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