Report: IOC ready if Obama visits

February 27, 2009 9:37:38 AM PST
According to a member of the IOC, security costs for an October vote to determine the host of the 2016 Olympics in Copenhagen will clear $3 million should U.S. President Barack Obama attend. President Obama could be there in support of Chicago's 2016 bid for the Summer Games.

"We have a contingency plan if Obama comes in," said Kai Holm in an interview with the Olympic publication, Around the Rings. He also said the Danish government is handling the security operation and would foot the bill.

Holm said he has heard 1,000 people tied to Chicago 2016 could come to Copenhagen should President Obama make the trip to lobby for his hometown. That includes President Obama's Secret Service agents.

Madrid, another bid city, is expected to bring about 700 people to Copenhagen for the start of the session.

Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are also in the running to host the 2016 Olympics.

The vote to determine the 2016 host will be in Copenhagen on October 2.