Sports on the Olympic Scale On October 2nd I received an e-mail alert notifying me that Chicago had been officially eliminated as a contender for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Shortly thereafter I learned that Tokyo, then Madrid had been removed as well, leaving Rio as the ultimate choice. Agree or disagree, the reverberations around the globe were immense. With President Obama and Oprah in attendance, the IOC decided on a different path for the 2016 Olympic Games. Chicago, at one time considered the favorite, placed a distant fourth in the balloting. In her article, “The Makings of an Olympic City” (page 10), Juli Anne Patty explores some of the factors involved in this decision. A week later, the IOC made another dramatic decision: It decided golf was now finally worthy to be an Olympic sport for the first time since the early 20th century. Based primarily on the global impact of Tiger Woods and the burgeoning international success of players from non-traditional golfing countries (the Masters and the PGA Championship were won by Angel Cabrerra – Argentina and Y.E. Yang – South Korea, respectively) the IOC decided to capitalize. In her Site Selection article (page 22), Mary Helen Sprecher examines golf facilities and what to look for when choosing a site. As always, the business side of the equation plays a vital role in your success. Our dedicated departments, focusing on travel management, accommodating guests and continuing education serve to enhance your offerings as an event owner. Our feature articles, focusing on wrestling, bowling and winter sports examine what events are successful, the reasons why, and the locations that make them so. Also, don’t miss our Executive Insights column interviewing Stu Upson, executive director, United States Bowling Congress, as he brings his vast sports and business experience to the USBC. As we turn the corner on another year, it is evident now more than ever that sports travel is an important business. From the Olympics to the regional wrestling event, sports play a vital role in our economics, our business and our daily lives. Sincerely, Scott D. Swoger Publisher
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