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2016 Olympic Games are awarded to Rio de Janeiro

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10/02/2009 - 13:46

rio2016.giffrom IAAF - The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro. The host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics was announced this evening at the 121st Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 October 2009.

"I would like to warmly congratulate Rio de Janeiro for becoming the host of 2016," said IAAF President Lamine Diack, who was present in Copenhagen. "I believe it is right that the Olympics shows its universal appeal by going to South America for the first time."

"Athletics will be held in a venue that has already hosted our sport during the Pan American Games so I am extremely confident we will have a great Games," Diack added.

A long day of presentations by the four candidate cities – Chicago (USA), Madrid (ESP), Rio de Janeiro (BRA) and Tokyo (JPN) – was followed by the final report of the Evaluation Commission which was presented by its Chairwoman Nawal El Moutawakel, who is an IAAF Council Member.

The IOC Members then began voting with a first round seeing the immediate elimination of Chicago, with Tokyo the next to be removed from the race, leaving a head to head battle between the remaining two cities of Madrid and Rio, the decision of the final vote being declared by IOC President Jacques Rogge at an official announcement ceremony at 18:52hrs local time (16:52 GMT).

"I believe that all four candidates were excellent and this shows the strength of the Olympic movement," Diack said. "But in sport there must be a winner and Rio is a worthy champion today"

The selection process had begun in September 2007 when the IOC announced the names of seven applicant cities, Baku (Azerbaijan), Chicago (USA), Doha (Qatar), Madrid (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Tokyo (Japan), with this list being cut down on 4 June 2008 to today’s four contenders by the IOC’s Executive Board.

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