Oct 05, 2016

    IOC's decisions are 'a little cooked' like Fifa's: Obama


    PRESIDENT Barack Obama has suggested that decisions on who hosts the Olympics are corrupt, in a wide-ranging interview that touched on Chicago's failed 2016 bid.

    In an interview published late Sunday, he recalled his 2009 travel to Copenhagen in a failed effort to get his adopted home city across the finishing line.

    "Everybody thought that if I flew out there, we had a good chance of getting it, and it might be worth essentially just taking a one-day trip," he told New York magazine.

    "Subsequently, I think we've learnt that IOC's decisions are similar to Fifa's decisions: a little bit cooked," he said, comparing the International Olympic Committee to football's scandalised governing body.

    The loss for Chicago was seen as a political blow for Mr Obama.

    Rio eventually emerged from a crowded field to win the right to host the Games.