WASHINGTON--With some fanfare, the White House created the first-ever Office on Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport to help bolster Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid. Chicago suffered an embarrassing loss last Friday in Copenhagen--getting knocked out in the first round of voting. Turned out Chicago never had a chance. But the Sun-Times has learned that the Obama sports office will continue, even though the Chicago bid flamed out.
A White House spokeswoman said, "It was always our intention that this office would continue to exist regardless of the outcome of the 2016 bid. The Office will continue to facilitate coordination between the appropriate agencies - such as the State Department, Department of Education and Transportation - that play a role in ensuring American Olympians' and Paralympians' participation in the Games is fully supported by the federal government.
"We are currently working to support the participation in the London and Vancouver Games. The Office will also continue to wholeheartedly support a core part of its mission: to help increase access to athletics to our nation's kids."