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Live - 2016 Olympics decision day

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Four years and 86 days ago, Trafalgar Square played host to scenes of stunning celebration and a party to rival any thrown by Corey "Myspace" Delaney.

It was July 2005 and London had been awarded the 2012 Olympic Games following a keenly fought contest against the likes of Paris and Madrid, and the start of a potentially legacy-building process began.

Well today is the turn of either Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro or Tokyo.

An International Olympic Committee ceremony in Copenhagen, due to conclude some time after 1730 BST, will select the hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games and it has come down to that quartet. Bed down now for a day of twists, turns, votes and vol-au-vents as I bring you all the gossip and news from Denmark, where experts have already been describing this as the closest bid process in history. It could be a bumpy ride.

A quick breakdown of today's timetable, then. Well, the Chicago bid team has already made their 45-minute presentation (followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session) to the IOC members and are meeting the media as we speak - more on that in a bit - with Tokyo up at 0930, Rio de Janeiro at 1110 and Madrid last up at 1350. Following this there will be an IOC Evaluation Committee report, voting, and then the announcement ceremony from about 1730.

We have reporters in Copenhagen and eyes and ears around all the teams and voters - what we don't have yet is you lot. I want you to get involved via text on 81111 or over on 606 and lend me your thoughts.

Do it - and do it well - and I can make you web famous for 15 minutes. It's almost too much power for one man alone to hold some might say, but there you go.

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posted Oct 2, 2009

Well said, redandblackT1899.

This forum suddenly got infested by right-wing fanatics.

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posted Oct 2, 2009

go rio

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posted Oct 2, 2009

How come Tokyo got less votes in the second round than they did in the first. Did two delegates somehow have their minds changed in the short space of time before the second vote?

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posted Oct 2, 2009

Congratulations, Rio!
Rio is the most beautiful place on earth. And the people are absolutely adorable.
I love you Rio! Those that know you, will never forget you.
Yanira

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posted Oct 2, 2009

Madrid are hinting that with Paris and Rome already bidding for 2020, they are not likely to bid a third consecutive time.

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posted Oct 2, 2009

If China got so much bad publicity when it hosted the Games last year, then I hope the right-wing neurotics will also point to the abhorrent level of poverty in Rio and other parts of Brazil whilst their various nations' athletes claim gold medals.

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comment by akuska (U14159290)

posted Oct 3, 2009

That's not how we see it here. US TV networks pay a larger sum overall to the IOC for broadcast rights than anyone else, and the USOC believes it's entitled to look to the TV revenues for its funding since, unlike most other countries Olympic Committees, it doesn't receive any government funding.

Anyway, the Olympics in Atlanta turned a profit, did not leave a legacy of white elephants, but one of parks and sports facilities in continued use (e.g. Turner Field, Georgia Tech Aquatic Center), and unlike all Olympic Games since did not rely on government funding. How is it the "worst in decades"?

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posted Oct 3, 2009

The best won, as simple as that! Why is so difficult to understand, Some people are so bad loser, what a childish,rs

Congrats Rio! Congrats Brazil!

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posted Oct 3, 2009

If you've seen how the Olympics have transformed both the Chinese people and the government, I'm sure it will do the same for Brazil. You don't have to wait until 2016 to see the joy and confidence of the Brazilian people. COME ON! Brazilian people, we are all behind you!!

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posted Oct 5, 2009

I am no fan of the President, but I wanted Chicago to win (and though a UK resident these days, I own a house in Chicago, not far from a few proposed venues).

I can understand the arguments against the bid, fears of cost overruns and the like. But I find extremely disturbing the gloating, as though President Obama suffered a huge personal loss.

As for the World Cup bids (2018 and 2022), many of those concerns should not be there. It is after all only one sport and will require little is any new construction. Rather, the bids rely on already existing (or under construction) stadia and hotel rooms and infrastructure are not an issue. And as shown by the 1994 cup, and the international games that occur here since, passion should not be an issue.

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