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Obama to travel to Copenhagen for Chicago's bid for 2016 Olympics

2009-09-28 13:55:33 GMT2009-09-28 21:55:33 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (L), seen here with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2007, will make a last-minute pitch in Copenhagen this week for his hometown Chicago's Olympic bid for the 2016 Summer Games.(Photo/AFP)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, to support Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the White House announced on Monday.

Obama will arrive in Copenhagen on Friday and join First Lady Michelle Obama to make presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 121st IOC Session, said the White House in a statement.

"They will discuss why Chicago is best to host the 2016 Summer Games, and how the United States is eager to bring the world together to celebrate the ideals of the Olympic movement," said the statement.

The IOC Session will select a host city for the 2016 Summer Games from four cities: Chicago of the United States, Rio de Janeiro of Brazil, Madrid of Spain and Tokyo of Japan.

During his one day visit to Denmark, Obama will also meet with Danish Queen Margrethe and Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

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