The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on Wednesday joined the Chicago 2016 bid committee in extending its gratitude and congratulations to the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission (IOCEC) for its assessment report.
"The USOC is pleased that the Evaluation Commission has confirmed Chicago's readiness to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as its thorough planning and understanding of what is required to deliver a spectacular experience for the world's top athletes," the USOC said in a statement.
"The USOC applauds Chicago 2016 and the City of Chicago for creating one of the strongest bids the United States has ever put forward," the statement added.
With a long-term vision that creates a sporting and cultural celebration in the heart of the city, Chicago truly puts the athletes first and leaves a sustainable legacy for Chicago, for America and for the worldwide Olympic Movement, said the statement.
"We are particularly pleased that the Commission chose to note that 'there has been significant involvement of the USOC and athletes in the planning of the project and its legacy aims,' which not only reflects the strong partnership between the USOC and Chicago 2016, but also our commitment to the long-term interests of the Olympic Movement," the statement noted.
The USOC reaffirmed its support for Chicago's bid, saying it has worked closely with the Chicago team to address the issues raised in the report.
"From the early stages of the USOC' s domestic bid process, we have been absolutely determined to put forward a candidature which both reflects the current needs and requirements of the IOC, but also responds to the long-term interests of the Olympic Movement.
"We know there is more to do, and collaboratively, we will work with Chicago 2016 and the City of Chicago to support delivering the strongest possible bid which listens to and learns from the Commission's invaluable feedback," the statement stated.