Olympics 2016 decision day: live blog

October 2, 2009

Join us for our live blog on the day of the decision for the 2016 Olympic Games, with Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo the four candidate cities.
Comments are open, so please give us your views and predictions, and we have a poll running, so give us your vote as well!

Kevin Fylan, Copenhagen


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I know the people, I know the country and I know the culture. Rio will offer an unique and relaxed atmosphere for the 2016 Games.

Posted by Jony | Report as abusive

You’re not alone Jony. There seem to be a lot of Rio fans here. You must all be getting nervous!

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

As a brazilian, I am against Rio-2016. There’s no private companies supporting it. It would be us, taxpayears, to support all that.

Pan-Am games, a 3rd rate competition, was a monumental failure on Rio, costing 8 times the budget, and leaving absolute no legacy at all.

Brazil doesn’t need the Olympics to feed the corruption and increase the tax burden

Posted by Andraus Neato | Report as abusive

Tokyo seems to have the most selfless message. It comes across as it’s not about an individual (I don’t have long to live so let me see an Olympics in my city come to pass), a city (we should be doing this because we’re a reflection of the world) or a country or a continent (we’ve never done it, give us chance)… it’s about the environment and the world we all live in. That should be the spirit of the Olympics.

Posted by Mysharona | Report as abusive

If this goes to Chicago then the Olympic Committee deserves the scandal and highway robbery it’s going to get with such a stupid choice. While the Middle East praises Obama, they’ll be figuring out their best shot to attack huge masses of people in Chicago, 2016. The bright thing to do, the RIGHT thing to do, is to give Brazil a chance to shine. No Olympiad has been held in South America and this is the chance of a lifetime. Keep it out of Obamanation!

Posted by AmericanBelle | Report as abusive

Once again Juan Antonio Samaranch (IOC) and FIFA have proven that professional racketeering is alive and well. Both these organizations have shown time and time again that their really is NO impartiality in this decision making process..But if must be “Boa sorte Rio e os cariocas”

Posted by Mick | Report as abusive

I agree 200% with Andraus Neato. Parabens..

Posted by Mick | Report as abusive

For what the tourists will see in Rio and what the affects it will have on the public purses for the average carioca will be disastrous. Wow i wonder if Lula if hopping for a successful Rio 2016 bid and then a successful re-election for his PT party in 2010!!!

Posted by Mick | Report as abusive

I have been to Brasil and it truly is an amazing country – but they’ve got to be kidding themselves if they think that Rio will be crime free by the time the Olympics roll around. Any of the other candidates would be amazing and a hell of a lot safer.

Posted by Rose | Report as abusive

Rio is a wonderful city with huge advances in terms of public safety, additionally they will deploy the national guard to ensure that all the major Olympics areas have a near null violent incidence rate for visitors. Sure they can´t change overnight, but we’re talking about a country which has made huge strides and would have 6 years to improve.

London 2012, what better follow up in 2016 than RIO?

Posted by Nigel Toates | Report as abusive

Chicago was the absolute worst place to pick. That place is just a ignorant liberal OBAMA-land. I we were going to pick an American city pick a better one. GO RIO.

Posted by Clayton Spivey | Report as abusive

Having the “Summer Games” in South America during our winter time would be great :)

Posted by Norma | Report as abusive

give rio a go!!! those boring european cities can jump in a lake…

Posted by paul mullenmeister | Report as abusive

I am asshamed of those Brazilians voting and talking bad about their own country. Instead, they should give their support and work to improve Brazil and its politics; better, they should work hard for giving Brazil a chance to create great Olympic Games in 2016 in a wonderful place, in a safe and secure environment. I am not always in favor of Rio, but I would never bid against my own country. Every body has problems and everyone can get better and resolve them.

Posted by Heloisa | Report as abusive

Lula, said a big truth all the Games had been health in the norther hemisphere is time to change history…

Posted by Christian | Report as abusive

“For example, at one of the main movie theaters in São Paulo, a man just walked into a theater and opened fire with a machine gun.” (Corinne)

Yeah, indeed. But in the US they do that in high schools. Psychosis is something that goes far beyond our capacity of providing safety.

Posted by Thibault | Report as abusive

I am against the games on Rio because I love Brazil. Not only that, I’m against the Cup here, too. For Brazil’s sake, let’s keep an eye on it, and denounce the bad use of public money

Posted by Andraus Neato | Report as abusive

30 minutes to go…

Posted by Christian | Report as abusive

Andraus, your words are a bit confusing. Could you explain where bringing tourists, athlets and the press from all over the world and lots of investment to improve the city and the country (for the Cup and Olympics) is a bad use of public money?

Posted by Heloisa | Report as abusive

It would be just the second time in history in the southern hemisphere. WHEN then if not in 2016? And twice in a row in Europe has never happened before. Besides we have our crown prince from Holland in the IOC and his wife is from South America.

Posted by Ton van der Velden | Report as abusive

i support RIO because it wil be easy for India to claim for 2020 olympic

Posted by biswajit | Report as abusive

Investiments you and I would pay for – I would not be against those if it was like the German Cup: Alianz Arena, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, et all. Besides, no modern Olympic Games were profitable… Athens, untill a few years ago, was asking for a F1-GP for charity, to use some of the white elephants the games left in the country.
Again, the Panamerican games, a 3rd rate tournment, wasted 8 times its bidget, and what it left in Rio? Absolutelly nothing.
We could use this money developing young athletes

Posted by andraus Neato | Report as abusive

I’m going to say Rio will get it.. We’ve had Spain before.. and Chicago, well, too bad, but I think Atlanta wasnt that long ago..

Posted by kiwi | Report as abusive

This is GREAT! I Love that Chicago didn’t get the vote. This has made my day LOL :)IDEOTS! Anyone that actually thought Obama and Oprah could flash their pearly whits and get the panel to say yes? hahahahaha IDEOTS!!!!

Posted by John | Report as abusive

For some people, anything Brazil or Brazilians do is right, good, or enough. It’s is said and unfair, but they think they are right.
I can only ask them to try to keep their mind open.

Posted by Heloisa | Report as abusive

Sorry to be a nit picker but if Rio was to win the games it would be the Third time in the southern hemisphere i.e Melbourne, Sydney and Rio. I hope Rio wins

Posted by Roger | Report as abusive

It´s sad don´t see Tokio wining,I though was the best city and amazing place.I´m Portuguese but I don´t want Rio!!!!anybody knows how many people get killed,raped and get abuse everyday?????????????????many,many people ,special from police officers.

Congratulations Rio de Janeiro!!

super coverage of the bid, kept us engrossed and know what, you beat the other agencies hands down. way to go

Posted by ravi | Report as abusive

NWR: 100m 8secs in Rio Oly2016.. Thunder Bolt.. Usain’s newphew..

Posted by shake | Report as abusive

That’s very, very kind of you, Ravi. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing this blog … (though it has been a bit tricky juggling it with writing for the main service as well!) thanks to my colleagues here and in london who helped during the busiest bits.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

from bondi to the copacabana. let s rejoice that the games are back in the southern hemisphere. sydney and rio are still my favourite cities!!!

Posted by paul | Report as abusive

I can see the rational for Rio being selected. However, I cannot understand why Chicago was the first of the four finalists to be eliminated. To me this clearly shows an anti-American attitude on the part of the Olympic committee especially in light of that committee’s arogant rebuke of baseball’s attempt at once again being an olympic sport. Congratulations Rio and thank you President Obama for attempting to “right the ship”.

Posted by andy bailey | Report as abusive

unfortunatly , possible one of the most corrupt sociaty in the world got chance to organize such big event!!!!!!!lets see how (doesn´t)works.

Now I’m sure that there are a lot of great people that live in Chicago and on the surface it is quite beautiful, but I have spent time in the city and just don’t see it as an Olympic town.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

“Alegria nao tem fim” (Happinness never ends) for Rio de Janeiro, the “marvelous city” that will host the 2016 Olympic games. I am no happy because Brazil deserved it and for its president, Lula, this is an international boost long earned.Brazil will host two world-famous sports events – Soccer world cup in 2014 and two years later, the Games. Not to be missed!!!!

Posted by Ricardo | Report as abusive

Good work Brazil. Goodluck for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics preparations. Show the world that you deserve the vote of confidence to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. One more thing, wish you all the best in the upcoming 2010 South Africa World Cup.

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The Italians took no time in declaring their interest for 2020 once Madrid had lost. As soon as Rogge said Rio, the Italians issued the statement!
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKL23029 0820091002
Venice is up for it!

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Chicago is an amazing city and Rio will never be able to produce the quality of event that is expected of them. Hopefully the Olympics will coincide with Carnival so the contestants can get there rocks off.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

At least the IOC hasn’t recognized greed and corruption as Olympic sporting events yet. This was merely a scheme by the current administration to help a few people get rich quick and waste more taxpayer money. This is the best news to come from Washington in a long long time. The IOC had the foresight to see right through this and it’s a very good decision.

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive

people think chicago has a bad crime rate wait till they get to rio

Posted by t r | Report as abusive

As an American, Congrats to Rio, as South America deserves it! As for the Obama’s (and Oprah, LOL) personal bids to the IOC, the front page of The Drudge Report put it best: “The Ego Has Landed”. PREFECT!! One reporter had stated that the Obama’s (and Oprah’s, LOL) bid seemed more like a “tourist package” than an Olympic bid. Just another demonstration of Obama’s huge EGO leading him to believe he can accomplish something he knows NOTHING about.

As for his “on the tarmac” meeting with General McCrystal, he thought he could score a “coup d’état” by coming home with the Olympics, while also appear to be multi-tasking by addressing REAL matters of concern, i.e. Afghanistan. Nice try Mr. President, but you failed with both, as everyone knows absolutely no REAL progress on a major issue can be accomplished in a brief meeting on a tarmac; just “politicking” for his own appearances. Now, get to WORK. FYI-It’s the ECONOMY, stupid!!!

Posted by Revo1776 | Report as abusive

sorry for the typo: “PERFECT”…duh

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Posted by Annie | Report as abusive

Kevin….I’m in my 40′s and brazilin… Jorge Ben and Paulo Coelho are considered OOOOLLLLDDDDD…. Brasil is a young country….and there are many, many young composers that are very successful not only in their towns but also they are coming to the USA and Europe quite frequently now too…

Posted by Annie | Report as abusive

Rio and Brasil has been hosting events successfully for decades…. those who haven’t traveled outside of the USA have a lot to learn from South America, Europe, Asia and Africa…. the participants of this event will have a great time….

Posted by Annie | Report as abusive

I am concerned for all the potential visitors to Rio for Olympics. If Brazil continues with the aweful methods of providing tourist visas — the only people at the Olympics will be Brazilians … I dont think your country realizes how many people are literally changing their minds about traveling there because of the bizarre process and the attitudes of staff at local consulates…

I cant tell you how many people cancel their trip to Brazil and it is a shame for such a beautiful country and people.

Posted by Giza1199 | Report as abusive

I am disapointed that chicago lost but at the same time hapy for Rio. Brazil will do a great job, of that I am sure. As a former athlete, this was probably my last chance to attend an olympic event. But Thanks to the American delegate ayt the IOC…espeially Mr & Mrs Obama…you gave it your best shot…and no matter what Glen Beck and those of his elk say…we now know who in America has the best interest of the country at heart.

Posted by Kim | Report as abusive