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It's Rio or Madrid as Chicago, Obama snubbed for 2016 Games

Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, city, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro (rē`ō də zhänā`rō, Port. rē` thĭ zhənĕē`r
 or Madrid will host the 2016 Olympics after International Olympic Committee “IOC” redirects here. For other uses, see IOC (disambiguation).

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abbr.
International Olympic Committee

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) members delivered a stunning snub to favourites Chicago who had been backed by US President Barack Obama.

In a sensational first round of voting the 95 eligible voters rejected a personal plea by the most powerful man in the world and ousted Chicago.

Obama had flown in on Friday morning to appear at the final presentation but even his powerful presence, as well as the lobbying of his wife Michelle, failed to excite the members.

The American city was followed out in the second round by Tokyo whose pleas to host the Games for a second time fell on deaf ears.

The Tokyo bid team were said to be shocked and stunned as they felt their message on improving the environmment radically and placing the accent on youth Accent on Youth is a Broadway play written by Samson Raphaelson which debuted on Christmas Day, 1934. The plot concerns a lazy, middle-aged playwright who is spurred to write by his new young secretary.  would play well.

Even an impressive turn by newly-elected Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama Yukio Hatoyama (鳩山由紀夫 Hatoyama Yukio) (born 2 February 1947 in Tokyo) is a politician of the Democratic Party of Japan representing the 18th district of Tokyo in the House of Representatives.  failed to convince the members.

Rio's appearance in the final two is no surprise as they had consistently impressed in the past year and a stunning piece of oratory by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the presentation sealed their place.

He declared it was not only Brazil's time but also South America's as no country from the continent has previously hosted the Games.

Madrid, bidding to become the first Spanish city to host the Olympics since Barcelona's successful 1992 edition, were seen to be rank outsiders and were as much as 16/1 with British bookmakers Ladbrokes earlier in the week.

Even Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero had voiced concerns over the bid but he gave a solid performance at the presentation.

However, the presence of 89-year-old former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch Don Juan Antoni Samaranch i Torelló, Marquis of Samaranch (es: Don Juan Antonio Samaranch i Torelló, marqués de Samaranch) (born July 17, 1920 in Barcelona) is a Spanish sports official and was president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1980 to 2001.  also helped secure vital votes.



His plea that 'his days on earth were numbered' struck a chord for many of the members who owed their positions to him during his controversial but highly successful tenure which saw the Games become the modern and commercial titan that is is now.

The elimination of Chicago and Tokyo sets up an intriguing head-to-head between two of the giants of sports administration - Samaranch and former FIFA FIFA International Association Football Federation [French Fédération Internationale de Football Association]

FIFA n abbr (= Fédération Internationale de Football Association) → FIFA f 
 President Joao Havelange, who looking far younger than his 93 years promised to invite people to a massive party in Rio in 2016 when he will be 100.

The winning city will be announced by IOC president Jacques Rogge at around 1630 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) See UTC.

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