Scherr: Rio Had Advantages Chicago Couldn't Match

The ousted CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee says the organization's instability and strained relations with international Olympic officials were secondary in Chicago's failed bid host the 2016 Summer Games.

Jim Scherr was forced to resign in March after leading the USOC for six years. Speaking at a sports travel convention in New Orleans on Wednesday, Scherr said Rio had advantages that Chicago was always going to have trouble overcoming.

Scherr said many members of the International Olympic Committee believed it was time to grant the games to a South American city.

Scherr also noted that organizers in Brazil had steadily refined their bid for a decade, having failed to win the 2004 and 2012 Games.