Olympic bidders launch new iPhone app

6 May 2009 — 2:00 PM

Chicago is hoping to secure the event in 2016

The latest phones from Apple have been given a new application that may interest fans of the Olympics.

Chicago 2016, the group behind the US city's bid to be the host for the Games in that year, has launched an iPhone application that counts down to the day of the decision.

Taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, the International Olympic Committee will award the title of Host City to one of the many applicants on October 2nd - and in the meantime, downloaders of the new widget can keep track of the date for free.

In addition to counting down the days, the application also offers up fun facts about Chicago, as well as Olympic and Paralympic sports trivia.

Patrick G Ryan, chairman of Chicago 2016, said: "The iPhone application provides a fun and interactive way for people to connect with the bid while learning about the Olympic Movement and the impact it could have on our nation."

The London 2012 News blog, which keeps people informed on the latest developments ahead of the UK's Olympic Games, has also been optimised for use with the iPhone.

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