It’s been 4 months since my first post about Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic Bid and since then a lot has happened in relation to the race to host the games after London in 2012. The four cities competing are Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Chicago and Tokyo. At first the race seemed to be between Madrid and Tokyo but in a recent update Chicago has come on strong and now seems to be the favourite.
2016 Olympic Bid Committee
Madrid seems unlikely (but not impossible) to win the bid due to the fact that London would be hosting the 2012 games and it wouldn”t go well the global theme of the games. Tokyo may also suffer from the Beijing factor as the games were hosting in Asia in 2008. Rio de Janeiro is not expected to win but Brazil is the leading South American nation and no stranger to hosting major sporting events. Chicago may be benefiting from Obamamania , it has the necessary infrastructure, monetary investment and the last Olympic Games held in the United States was in 1996.
The International Olympic Committee will vote to decide the host city for the 2016 Olympics and it will be announced in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 October.