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[edit] Cities that will officially bid for the Games

[edit] Asia

[edit] Tokyo, Japan

2016 Tokyo LogoThe Japan Olympic Committee set a deadline of June 30, 2006 for bids to the JOC and decided on August 30, 2006 that Tokyo will submit its bid to the IOC.[1] The bid will likely be strengthened by the success of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which Japan co-hosted with South Korea. Tokyo also has past Olympic experience as the host of the 1964 Games.


[edit] Europe

[edit] Prague, Czech Republic
On March 22, 2007, Prague confirmed its bid when the Prague Assembly voted 53-10-3 in support of launching an official bid. Although the bid enjoys great support from state and civic authorities such as current mayor Pavel Bem, Prague's bid is considered to be a long-shot given several factors, such as Prague's lack of stadia and other important Olympic sports infrastructure, and seeing as how London is already hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics, the IOC is unlikely to award back-to-back Summer Olympic Games to the same continent [1].


[edit] North America

[edit] Chicago, United States
Main article: Chicago 2016 Olympic bid
On April 14, 2007 the United States Olympic Committee chose Chicago to run in the 2016 Olympic bidding. Chicago was expected to host the 1904 Summer Olympics but those Olympic Games ultimately took place in St. Louis to coincide with the World's Fair. Chicago has an extensive public transit system, a wide range of venues, and a strong sports culture. Another possible benefit is the city's central location in the United States. Plans are for a temporary Olympic Stadium in Washington Park in the city's South Side. An official site has been launched as well as an official logo. In May, 2007, Chicago was informed that its logo, a representation of a torch with the flames reminiscent of Chicago's skyline, violated IOC rules. Chicago agreed to revise the logo.[2]


[edit] Latin America
Latin America has only ever once held an Olympic Games - the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics, and South America has never held the games.


[edit] Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
On September 1, 2006 Rio de Janeiro was named by the Brazilian Olympic Committee as an applicant for the 2016 Games. The city is now preparing to play host to the 2007 Pan American Games, which will be the key proving ground for an Olympic bid. Rio de Janeiro launched applications to host the 2004 and 2012 Olympics, but failed to make the shortlist on both occasions. If the 2007 PAG turns out to be a logistical success, it may propel Rio de Janeiro as a serious contender when the bidding cycle for the 2016 Olympic Games begin. Furthermore, the IOC is eager to have either South America or Africa host the games, as these are locations that have never held the games.

Brazil has had experience in organizing large-scale sporting events in the past: Brazil organized and hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup and is organizing a bid to host the 2014 event, and São Paulo organized the 4th Pan American Games in 1963. Subsequently, due to the continental rotation policy taken by FIFA that will place the 2014 FIFA World Cup in South America, CONMEBOL has unanimously nominated Brazil as its candidate to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with FIFA making its final decision sometime in 2008. São Paulo, Brasília and Curitiba have also mentioned that they want to make a bid[citation needed], therefore, the Brazilian Olympic Committee may have to choose between these four cities. The features to Rio 2007 includes the stadium Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, that you can see in this site.


[edit] Cities considering bids
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[edit] Africa
Africa has never hosted a Summer Olympics. On January 13, 2005 a statement by the IOC President Jacques Rogge urged African nations to bid for the 2016 Olympics stating that an African city would stand a strong chance of winning if it meets key requirements.[2] Many nations have responded by establishing bids.


[edit] Kenya
Kenya announced in early 2005 that it had the intention of bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympics, likely to be held at its capital, Nairobi.[3] This would make it only the third African country (after South Africa and Egypt) to launch a serious bid for the Games. However, Jacques Rogge has said that Kenya would have to make significant improvements to its infrastructure if such a bid were to be taken seriously.[4] Nairobi and Kenya have limited experience in organizing large-scale international sporting events: to date, the last time Kenya organized such a large event was in 1987 when Nairobi organized the 4th All-Africa Games. The 2007 World Cross Country Championships were held in Mombassa, Kenya.


[edit] South Africa
According to agency reports, a South African city, most likely Cape Town, is considering a bid. Given that South Africa will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Rogge's eagerness for either Africa and/or South America to host an Olympic Games and the potential strength of another bid from Cape Town (Cape Town was on the candidate city shortlist for the 2004 Olympics), some are very optimistic about South Africa's prospects of hosting the Olympic Games in the near future.[citation needed]

The city of Durban has also expressed an interest in hosting the 2016 Olympics.[5]


[edit] Asia
Despite Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics, a few Asian cities believe that they still could have a chance to host the 2016 Olympic Games with proper planning. Of the Asian bids, a possible bid from Israel sparked discussion globally. Tel Aviv University students created a hypothetical bid for Tel Aviv as host city, but it never materialized into a serious bid due to serious political and security considerations.


[edit] Azerbaijan
Due to its surging economy[6], the city of Baku has announced that it plans to bid for the Olympics.[7]


[edit] Qatar
Doha in Qatar has announced an interest in bidding for the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. [3] Doha was the host of the 2006 Asian Games, Qatar spent US$2.8 billion [4] on preparing Asian Games venues and can spend more on Olympics Games. The Qatar 2016 bid has also won support from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) president [5].

Objections may be raised to Qatar's bid because of its practice of giving "passports of convenience" to foreign athletes [6] and an incident at the 2006 Asian Games in which Mushir Salim Jawher, a Kenyan-Bahraini runner, was stripped of his medal by Bahrain for having competed in a marathon in Israel [7] (the decision was apparently subsequently reversed[citation needed]). Qatar does not allow entry to people whose passports indicate they have visited Israel.


[edit] Thailand
As a result of its athletic successes in the 2004 Summer Olympics, Thaksin Shinawatra, then the Prime Minister of Thailand officially notified the International Olympic Committee that it would attempt a serious bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[citation needed] Government officials have not chosen a city to offer as host but Bangkok is favored by international pundits due to its infrastructure and geographic importance.[citation needed]

Previously, Bangkok attempted a bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics but failed to make the shortlist. Bangkok is expected to offer its experience as host of the Asian Games on four separate occasions as proof of Olympic host city viability: the 4th Asian Games in 1966, the 5th Asian Games in 1970, the 8th Asian Games in 1978, and the 13th Asian Games in 1998. Bangkok hosted the first Asian Indoor Games in 2005 and will host the 24th Universiade in 2007. Thailand is also co-hosting the 2007 Asian Cup with Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Nothwithstanding, it is unclear what impact the 2006 Thailand coup d'état will have on the country's Olympic ambitions for 2016.


[edit] United Arab Emirates
Main article: Dubai 2016 Olympic bid
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has announced an interest in bidding for the right to host what would be the Middle East's first Olympiad.[8] The infrastructure is excellent,[citation needed] and the emirate's wealth means that it could easily afford to build any facilities deemed necessary. One such development that could serve Olympic purposes, Dubai Sports City, is already under construction.

There are two potential setbacks that may thwart Dubai's hosting chances. One is the summer climate, where temperatures frequently surpass 45ºC (113ºF), which is very hot for such an event. This temperature may require a spring or autumn date for the games, which is comparatively unfavorable for media broadcast though a spring date might fall during May Sweeps month in the United States. Furthermore, United Arab Emirates has a relatively thin sporting resume, with only one Summer Olympic Games medal in its history.


[edit] Europe
It is considered unlikely that a European city will be selected for a second successive Olympic Games with London hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics. No continent has hosted successive Summer Games since 1952, when Helsinki followed 1948 host London. Nevertheless, a number of European cities are said to be considering serious bids, while places like Prague in the Czech Republic are considering non-serious trial bids to warm up for future host city competitions. The Netherlands may offer a trial bid for Rotterdam and Amsterdam but is more likely to offer a serious bid for 2028.[citation needed] Serious confirmed interest in a bid comes from countries such as Italy, Germany, Spain and Turkey.


[edit] Italy
Giovanna Melandri, Italy’s Sports Minister, announced on October 3, 2006, that Rome will be Italy’s candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Melandri said that following the success of the Turin 2006 Winter Games, Italy knows it has all it needs to host large events, adding that Rome will be as successful as Turin. Melandri’s announcement confirms contacts Rome’s Mayor Walter Veltroni made with businessmen and politicians in Italy trying to get their support for Rome’s 2016 bid. On July 11, 2006 Veltroni withdrew Rome’s bid as Italy’s candidate, saying that in his opinion the conditions were not right for a Rome bid at this time. Melandri said that on Wednesday they will present two motions in Parliament in support of Rome’s candidacy, adding it wouldn’t be easy to beat the competition, but not impossible. [9]


[edit] Germany
Hamburg [10] and Leipzig are both preparing bids for its national Olympic committee,[citation needed] both of which made plans for the 2012 host city competition. On October 18, 2006 Berlin announced that it would not bid the 2016 Games, and it will try for the 2020 Games.[citation needed]


[edit] Portugal
Lisbon [11] Lisbon is considering a 2016 bid, after held 2004 UEFA European Football Championship and the upcoming 2009 Lusophony Games


[edit] Spain
Madrid announced it will try again after its 2012 loss.[12]


[edit] Turkey
Since 1992, Istanbul has been offered by Turkey as its candidate for every Summer Olympics host city competition, with attempts to refine its proposals with each contest. Such attempts at refining their bids succeeded with Istanbul appearing on international shortlists for 2000 and 2008. Organizers are adamant that Istanbul will win with the tactic of offering candidacy every time.[citation needed]


[edit] North America

[edit] Canada
Canada has hosted the Olympics before, once in summer at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and once in winter at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The main problem for Montreal and Toronto is that the 2010 Winter Olympics will be in Vancouver, and the IOC may be reluctant to award the Summer Olympics to Canada only six years after the Winter Olympics. It should be noted, however, that the 2002 Winter Olympics were in the United States six years after the 1996 Summer games in Atlanta, and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California were four years after the 1980 Winter Olympics also in Lake Placid, New York.


[edit] Montréal
During the 2005 World Aquatics Championships, Mayor Gerald Tremblay, as reported on the leading Olympics bid website on July 27, 2005,[13] said Montreal would be interested in hosting the Olympic Games for a second time.

There has been no follow-up on this statement. Since Tremblay's utterance, there have been no reports of any Quebec or federal politician, or any Canadian Olympic Committee official, making any noises at all about a Montreal bid, nor has there been any organization of a steering committee to develop a bid.

The city is also a bit wary of another Olympic bid, due to the bills that it was paying during over 30 years after the 1976 Games.[14] The Olympic Stadium in Montreal became known as the "Big Owe", signifying that it felt like a mistake. Still the city does have the correct infrastructure and experience in place to hold such an event.


[edit] Toronto
The Canadian city of Toronto was considering a bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was shelved once the cities of Vancouver and Whistler won the 2010 Winter Olympics.[15] While then-Deputy Mayor Case Ootes hinted a later bid was eminent,[16] Mayor David Miller later said the city was not interested,[17] despite the fact some felt London's win would "open the door" for a successful North American bid.

Its assets include rich cultural diversity, waterfront location and tolerable summer weather. As second place in the final round of voting to determine the 2008 Summer Olympics host city, Toronto is often considered Canada's strongest hope to eventually host the Summer Games or the World's Fair. Toronto and Montreal were offered possible bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics; the bids withdrew just after Vancouver won the rights to host the 2010 Winter Olympics in 2003.[16] The Vancouver selection to host the 2010 Winter Olympics is considered an impediment for both Montréal and Toronto.

Toronto recently failed to submit a bid to host the 2015 World's Fair. It is uncertain if the Canadian Olympic Committee will move forward with a bid from Toronto now that it will not play host to the fair.


[edit] Cuba
Cuba and the President of the Cuban Olympic Committee, José Ramón Fernández, announced on July 7, 2005 that it would offer an official 2016 Summer Olympics bid with Havana as the host city.[citation needed] Lack of infrastructure and venues, as well as the overall poverty level of the nation have been reasons that Cuba failed to make the shortlist for 2008 and 2012; however, the poverty level could also work in Cuba's favor, since Jacques Rogge has stated he would favor hosting the games in a developing country so long as the bid meets a few key requirements.[citation needed]


[edit] Mexico

2016 Monterrey LogoMexico is offering a bid featuring Monterrey, a failed candidate for the 2008 Summer Olympics [18]. This movement already has the support of important institutions such as ITESM, University of Monterrey, Fundidora Park among others. Monterrey is also one of the few cities to have presented a bidding logo for the event as well as a website.


[edit] Oceania
Though the games were hosted in Sydney in 2000, Oceania is regarded as a viable contender for the games in 2016 due to the success of the 2000 games. The only two nations with the infrastructure to host the games at the current time are New Zealand and Australia, though a multi-nation bid could also be in the works among other nations in the region. There is a major issue with this, however, as the Olympic Constitution says that only one city, let alone nation, may host an Olympic Games (except in the case of a Winter Olympic Games host city having to expand to other locations to find more snow). Such a bid, however, is considered a long shot due to the underdevelopment of smaller Oceanian nations.


[edit] Australia
Australia intends to make a bid for the games. After the success of the 2000 games in Sydney it would be a high contender. No cities have been voted in but it is expected to be between 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1956 Olympic host Melbourne, Perth in Western Australia and Queensland capital Brisbane.[citation needed] It has also been said that Australia's eyes are on both the 2016 games and the 2020 games and a possible bid for the 2014 Football World Cup.


[edit] South America

[edit] Argentina
Buenos Aires was a candidate city for the 2004 Olympics, but lost hope of becoming an Olympic host after Argentina's economic crash. However, the country's economy has since rebounded to such an extent that some groups within the Argentine media now predict that Buenos Aires will announce a bid to host the 2016 Games, with an associated increase in investment in the city's infrastructure.[citation needed] Of all the cities in South America, Buenos Aires has experienced the most success: it was a candidate city for the 1968 and 2004 Summer Games, it almost became the host city for the Games of the XVI Olympiad of 1956, losing to Melbourne, Australia by only one vote during 43rd IOC Session in Rome in 1949. And, in terms of previous experience in organizing large-scale sporting events, Buenos Aires and Argentina have an impressive résumé: Buenos Aires organized the 1st Pan American Games in 1951, while Buenos Aires co-hosted the 12th Pan American Games in 1995 with the cities of Mar del Plata and La Plata. Argentina also hosted the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The crime rate in Buenos Aires is also among the lowest for major South American cities, which would further enhance its chances of hosting a successful Olympiad.[citation needed]


[edit] Chile
In 2002, the president of the Chilean Olympic committee, Fernando Eitel, announced that he wanted to see the 2016 Olympics hosted by Chile, adding that "much of the organization is already in place."[citation needed] Eitel also believes that IOC President Jacques Rogge wishes to see more developing countries playing a part in hosting the Games, and that this desire would work in Chile's favour. Also, Chile's fantastic growing economy, financial security and the latest foreign investment in the country are certainly advantages for this potential bid.[citation needed] Another fact is that Santiago de Chile is evolving very quickly in terms of transportation (new subway lines, new airport terminals and urban highways), communications and has made strides in solving its pollution issues, bolstering the city's claim of being capable for hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics.[citation needed] Chile hosted the 1962 FIFA World Cup.


[edit] Joint bids?
Citing the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan, jointly hosted by South Korea and Japan, some cities have discussed joint bids to host the Olympic Games. For example, a Web site was launched to promote a San Diego-Tijuana bid, although it did not actually evolve into a serious bid[19]. Some South American cities have reportedly talked of joining in a regional bid. But the IOC Charter [20], at page 73, is clear: a single city is awarded the right to stage the Olympic Games. However, in 1956, the Games were shared by Melbourne and Stockholm, two cities on the opposites of the Earth. This was because horse competitions could not be held in Australia due to quarantine rules. The only loophole allowing a joint bid is where a winter sports nation without mountains seeks to host the Olympic Winter Games. The IOC has entertained multinational bids for the Winter Games in the past, but they have always failed. Two multinational joint bids were presented to the IOC in 1999 to stage the 2006 Olympic Winter Games: Helsinki 2006 with events taking place in both Finland and Norway and Klagenfurt 2006, with events taking place in Austria, Italy, and Slovenia. Both were eliminated by a review committee before the vote was taken.[21] The current bid by Salzburg to host the 2014 Winter Olympics includes one venue in Germany, and has been shortlisted as one of three finalist bids. It should be noted that Salzburg is right on Germany's southeastern border so one venue in Germany might make sense.
 

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[edit] Oceania
The only two nations with the infrastructure to host the games at the current time are New Zealand and Australia, though a multi-nation bid could also be in the works among other nations in the region.
lol, interesting. We would struggle to host an Olympic games, really struggle, here in New Zealand. We really don't have the infrastructure for it.
 

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Rio de Janeiro construction for Panam games 2007

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I hope Rio will win, i think it has several chances but at the moment I think Chicago has more chances. If Rio host the olimpics, Brazil would be like China is today, I guess
 

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Those pictures of Rio look STRONGLY convincing for an Olympics in 2016

All they need to work on is infrastructure and theyve done everything right IMO
 

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[edit] Cities that will officially bid for the Games

[edit] Italy
Giovanna Melandri, Italy’s Sports Minister, announced on October 3, 2006, that Rome will be Italy’s candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Melandri said that following the success of the Turin 2006 Winter Games, Italy knows it has all it needs to host large events, adding that Rome will be as successful as Turin. Melandri’s announcement confirms contacts Rome’s Mayor Walter Veltroni made with businessmen and politicians in Italy trying to get their support for Rome’s 2016 bid. On July 11, 2006 Veltroni withdrew Rome’s bid as Italy’s candidate, saying that in his opinion the conditions were not right for a Rome bid at this time. Melandri said that on Wednesday they will present two motions in Parliament in support of Rome’s candidacy, adding it wouldn’t be easy to beat the competition, but not impossible.
I hope that Rome will win, but there isn't the possibility to choose her in the Poll. These are some renderings of new Swimming and Basket Stadium that will be realised untill 2010.
















And this is the Foro Italico area, with Stadio Olimpico and Tennis area, that will be restyled. In the project there are also some new buildings.

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This is the oldest area:







And this is the new building:

 

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I hope it's NOT Chicago - that would screw up traffic for a long time due to construction, and would end up costing the city lots of money.

I'd like to see Rio host the games, IF it can bring its murder and crime rates WAY down. Visitors need to be assured of reasonable safety standards.
 

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Oh, come on...Dont we have enough of these threads about the 2016 olympics by now....Does every forum nedd one? Or in this case more then one...? Besides many of the places mentioned have already siad they wont aply to be hostcity....
 
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