Jordan stiffs Olympic bid

September 24, 2009 4:34:38 AM PDT
When Chicago's Olympic bid team published a list of Olympians who will travel to Copenhagen next week to back the city's bid, one name was conspicuously absent: Michael Jordan. A Chicago 2016 source confirms to ABC 7 that Jordan is not currently part of Chicago's presentation team.

Mayor Richard Daley and others had previously expressed hope that Chicago's best known athlete, who was also a member of the so-called "Olympic Dream Team," would agree to travel to Copenhagen to personally pitch the International Olympic Committee. However, in recent weeks Jordan and his reps have refused to commit to Chicago 2016.

"Due to his commitments with the Bobcats he is unable to travel to Copenhagen. He is still very supportive of the bid and we thank him for his support," said Patrick Sandusky, Chicago 2016 spokesperson.

For nearly a month "no decision yet" has been the refrain from Jordan spokesperson Estee Portnoy, when asked about Jordan's Olympic travel plans. On Wednesday, Portnoy said, "I am not able to confirm Michael's plans. He continues to be extremely supportive. He's done everything the committee has asked him to do."

Jordan produced a video supporting Chicago's Olympic bid this spring. It was shown to the IOC's Evaluation Commission when they toured the United Center. Beyond the taped greeting, Jordan has been a no-show at several key Olympic events including the Evaluation Commission visit and a Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Olympians and Paralympians attending the IOC session next week include: Willie Banks, Bob Berland, Brandi Chastain, Dragomir Cioroslan, Bryan Clay, Nadia Comaneci, Michael Conley, Bart Conner, Bob Ctvrtlik, Anita DeFrantz, Donna de Varona, David Diaz, Ron Freeman, Gary Hall, Jr., April Holmes, Michael Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Nastia Liukin, Linda Mastandrea, Connie Moore, Paul Moran, Edwin Moses, Mike Plant, Bill Scherr, Diane Simpson and Kerri Walsh.

It was also announced Wednesday that the families of Olympians Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe will make a personal appeal for their hometown.


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