Copenhagen — Globe and Mail Update
Last updated on Friday, Oct. 02, 2009 01:05PM EDT
Presented with a choice to play it safe or make history, the International Olympic Association decided today to roll the dice.
In a decision that left the city of Chicago in shock, the IOC voted to award the 2016 Summer Games to the city of Rio de Janeiro, making it the first time the Olympics will be staged in the continent of South America.
In the end it was Rio facing off against Madrid in the final round of voting. Chicago, the city many saw as the favourite, was the first to be bounced from the competition.
It was a stunning repudiation of the glitzy, star-powered production that Chicago put on here. A production that included appearances by Oprah and the two biggest stars on the planet – Michelle and Barack Obama. Many will now be asking why and how the strategy backfired so spectacularly.
Chicagoans will be crushed.
2016 Olympics going to Rio - The Globe and Mail
They must be all racists in Copenhagen.....non?