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    Congrats to Rio de Janeiro...Felicidades Rio de Janeiro, todos estan contento...Big Party in Brazil!...

    Rio de Janeiro wins right to host 2016 Olympics

    By JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writer John Leicester, Ap Sports Writer – 17 mins ago
    COPENHAGEN – The 2016 Olympics are going to Rio de Janeiro, putting the games in South America for the first time.

    Rio beat surprise finalist Madrid in the last round of voting.

    Chicago was knocked out in the first round — in one of the most shocking defeats ever handed down by the International Olympic Committee — and Tokyo was eliminated in the second round.

    Rio had played heavily on the fact that South America has never previously hosted the games, while Europe, Asia and North America have done so repeatedly. Now, only Africa and Antarctica remain as continents that have not been awarded an Olympics.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

    COPENHAGEN (AP) — Rio de Janeiro or Madrid — one of them will host the 2016 Olympics.

    Chicago is out — one of the most shocking defeats ever handed down by the International Olympic Committee — as President Barack Obama's appeals for his adopted hometown failed.

    Tokyo was knocked out in the second round on Friday, surviving one round longer than Chicago.

    That left just Rio and Madrid still in the mix. The IOC voted again to separate the two and elected a winner, which will be announced by IOC president Jacques Rogge later Friday.

    Madrid's surprising success in reaching the final round came after former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch made an unusual appeal for the Spanish capital, reminding the IOC members as he asked for their vote that, at age 89, "I am very near the end of my time."

    Chicago had long been seen as a front-runner and got the highest possible level of support — from Obama himself. But he also only spent a few hours in the Danish capital where the vote was held and left before the result was announced. Former IOC member Kai Holm said that the brevity of his appearance may have counted against him.

    The short stopover was "too business-like," Holm said. "It can be that some IOC members see it as a lack of respect."

    Senior Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper surmised that Asian voters may have banded together for Tokyo in the first round, at Chicago's expense.

    "I'm shocked," Gosper said. "The whole thing doesn't make sense other than there has been a stupid bloc vote."

    He worried that Chicago's shocking exit could do "untold damage" to relations between the IOC and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    "To have the president of the United States and his wife personally appear, then this should happen in the first round is awful and totally undeserving," he said.

    The European-dominated IOC's last two experiences in the United States were marred by controversy: the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics were sullied by a bribery scandal and logistical problems and a bombing hit the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

    Obama had held out the enticing prospect of a Chicago games helping to reconnect the United States with the world after the presidency of George W. Bush. He told the IOC earlier Friday that the "full force of the White House" would be applied so "visitors from all around the world feel welcome and will come away with a sense of the incredible diversity of the American people."

    Now, Chicago can only rue what might have been. And Obama's gamble of expending his own political capital on the bid backfired.

    The last U.S. city to bid for the Summer Games, New York, did scarcely better. It was ousted in the second round in the 2005 vote that gave the 2012 Games to London. The U.S. Olympic Committee has had a testy relationship with the IOC, including recent flare-ups over revenue sharing and a USOC TV network.

    Tokyo did better than many expected by reaching the second round. It had offered reassurances of financial security, with $4 billion already banked for the games.

    But the fact that the Olympics were held only last year in Asia, in Beijing, handicapped the Japanese capital's bid.

    Its plans for a highly compact games, sparing athletes tiring travel by holding all but the shooting within 5 miles of the city center, were technically appealing. But the bid failed to generate real enthusiasm, even in Japan. Tokyo had the lowest public backing in IOC polls.

    Tokyo's final presentation Friday to the IOC, while smooth and heartfelt, lacked the buzz that the Obamas and Rio generated. In short, Tokyo was simply overshadowed, failing to convince IOC members that it really wanted or needed the games.
    Last edited by Southflaguy; 10-02-2009, 01:15 PM.

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    • #3
      When can I get tickets??? The views at beach volleyball should be great!


      • #4
        I wish airlines would allow people to buy plane tickets 6 years in advance.....


        • #5
          You know its gonna cost SO MUCH more to get there then than now


          • #6
            This means that the summer Olympics will be held during the winter.
            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
            Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein


            • #7
              yea.... thats the only downfall about the whole situation..... look's like im going to have to start saving asap!


              • #8
                Hmmmm, can I afford the Rio Carnival and the Olympics?


                • #9
                  Originally posted by GrayPatriot View Post
                  Hmmmm, can I afford the Rio Carnival and the Olympics?
                  Lets just look at the 2016 Olympics as a month long Carnival


                  • #10
                    Woohoo!!! I'm excited, World Cup 2014 in Brazil, then Rio 2016 Olympics! Should be good times in Rio.


                    • #11

                      American AirLines

                      Hmmmm...From Miami International Airport to Sao Paulo/RIO...

                      I'm checking out Brazil, and am happy for them...Another cool thing about them is the fighting style caperia...Check it out...

                      Very beautiful country...First time the Olympics would be held in South America...

                      The only major downside is the Brazilian government, they're real shady...
                      Last edited by Southflaguy; 10-02-2009, 01:51 PM.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Southflaguy View Post

                        American AirLines

                        Hmmmm...From Miami Interantionals to Sao Paulo/RIO...

                        Im sold


                        • #13
                          Woo-Hoo!!!! If only I could afford to go!!!!
                          "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NTxSarge View Post
                            You know its gonna cost SO MUCH more to get there then than now
                            I am going to go down there now and wait. Simple economics guys and gals!


                            • #15
                              Nice to see the POTUS did a bang-up job trying to get this for Chicago.....

                              Probably should have stayed home and discussed other the economy, health care, and Afghanistan.......


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