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October 2, 2009

Rio de Janeiro wins right to stage 2016 Olympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday. It is the first time South America would host an Olympics event. The city has budgeted $14.4 billion to the effort, the largest amount of any of the four finalists, according to IOC figures.

The final vote was down to Rio and Madrid, Spain. In earlier voting, Chicago, Illinois, and then Tokyo, Japan, were eliminated from contention.

After the cities made their presentations to the IOC on Friday, the IOC members sat down to cast their votes in a secret ballot.

Ninety-seven of the IOC's 106 members are eligible to vote in the first round; seven must sit out that round because they represent one of the countries bidding for the Games.

A city must receive a majority of votes in order to win. If no city receives a majority, voting moves on to a second round, with the city receiving the lowest number of votes being eliminated, an IOC spokeswoman said. source


Fly Girl said...

It's time that South America got a chance at the Olympics. Cariocas (Rio residents) will surely celebrate this for years.

Tiffany,Ebony Intuition said...

I'm very happy for Rio. And hopefully I can get tickets for the games when the time comes.

limousine said...

Brazil will host the 2016 Olympics games nice but i lost my bet amount..

london said...

Rio. This is an obvious decision..


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