Last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially announce that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil would host the 2016 Summer Olympics. This will be the first time that the Games will take place in South America, and it has been hailed as a tremendous achievement for Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, there has been significant disappointment in the United States for Chicago’s failed bid to host 2016, which included the support of President Barack Obama.
I will be honest in that I didn’t follow this story very closely. I let my “U.S. bias” lead me to believe that Chicago was the likely favorite over Rio, Madrid and Tokyo. However, along that line, Darren Rovell wrote an excellent post on how much additional revenue would be generated through media rights and sponsorships by hosting the games in Chicago.
With that said, my questions to all of you are:
- What city did you except to be named as the 2016 host city and why?
- What do you think hurt Chicago’s bid the most?
- What do you except from Rio as the first South American host city?
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