Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Olympics
The International Olympic Committee has selected Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. IOC President Jacques Rogge made the announcement Friday in an IOC meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday.
The other three contestants, Chicago, Madrid, and Rio de Janerio, were eliminated in earlier rounds of voting. Chicago was the first candidate city eliminated in voting, with Tokyo was dropped in the second round. Rio de Janeiro was left to compete with to compete with Madrid.
“Rio is ready. Give us this chance and you will not regret it,” Brazil’s president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had told the committee before the vote. “Rio will deliver an unforgettable Games. You will see for yourselves the passion, the energy and the creativity of the Brazilian people.”
The city of Rio de Janeiro has been elected as the Host City of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 following a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session. IOC President Jacques Rogge made the announcement at the close of the first day of meetings of the IOC’s 121st Session in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rio de Janeiro received 66 votes compared to Madrid’s 32 in the final round of voting.