Rio de Janeiro to Host 2016 Olympic Games

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2007 Pan American Games team medalists: USA (gold), Canada (silver) and Brazil (bronze). © 2007 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
2007 Pan American Games team medalists: USA (gold), Canada (silver) and Brazil (bronze). © 2007 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

COPENHAGEN, Oct. 2–Rio de Janiero was chosen Friday to host the 2016 Olympic  Games.

The International Olympic Committee elected the Brazilian coastal city as the host of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016. At the IOC session in Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro received 66 votes compared to Madrid’s 32 in the final round of voting.

IOC President Jacques Rogge congratulated Rio de Janeiro on its election and praised the high quality of the bid by the city that hosted the 2007 Pan American Games.

The 2007 Pan Am Games equestrian events–dressage, jumping and eventing–were held at a military base an hour outside Rio.

“I would like to congratulate the city of Rio de Janeiro on its election as the host of the 2016 Olympic Games,” Rogge said. “Rio de Janeiro presented the IOC with a very strong technical bid, built upon a vision of the Games being a celebration of the athletes and sport, as well as providing the opportunity for the city, region and country to deliver their broader long-term aspirations for the future. This call to ‘live your passion’ clearly struck a chord with my fellow members and we now look forward to seeing Rio de Janeiro stage the first Olympic Games on the continent of South America. Well done, Rio!”

The competing cities were Chicago (USA), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain).

“Unfortunately, there can only be one victor in this competition and I’d like to thank the cities of Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid for participating.” he said. “Their projects and dedication to spreading the Olympic values throughout their countries and beyond has been outstanding. Despite not being elected today, these cities have all seen the benefit of being candidates for the Games. I would like to congratulate them all for their efforts and for their commitment to the Olympic Movement.”

Results of the IOC balloting:

ROUND 1 :
MADRID:                                  28
RIO DE JANEIRO:                  26
TOKYO:                                     22
CHICAGO:                                18

ROUND 2:
RIO DE JANEIRO:                  46
MADRID:                                   29
TOKYO:                                      20

ROUND 3:
RIO DE JANEIRO:                    66
MADRID:                                  32