Chicago 2016 venues get thumbs up

January 29, 2009 12:47:58 PM PST
Chicago has cleared one more hurdle in its quest to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The city's bid team announced this afternoon it has won the approval of all 26 International Sports Federations, an important step signaling the groups' approve of Chicago's venue plans.

The International Sports Federations asked for several changes to Chicago's plan that resulted in a shooting venue moving from Lake County to Aurora and the cycling site from a Cook County Forest Preserve in Palos Heights to southern Wisconsin.

The other 2016 candidate cities: Madrid, Rio, and Tokyo have also received the federations' stamp of approval.