Rio de Janeiro Earns 2016 Olympic Games

Oct. 02, 2009, 1:43 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 2, 2009) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today Rio de Janeiro as the host city for the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, beating out Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid through secret balloting of the 106-member IOC body at Copenhagen, Denmark.

Chicago, eliminated in the first of three rounds of voting, earned the title of United States Bid City for the 2016 Olympic Games on April 14, 2007. Chicago, along with the three other finalists to host the 2016 Olympic Games, was chosen as one of the four candidate cities by the IOC Executive Board at SportAccord in Athens on June 4, 2008.

“I applaud the efforts by Chicago to host the 2016 Olympic Games,” USA Volleyball Chief Executive Director Doug Beal said. “I felt the city put together a remarkable bid package that would have produced a great event for the athletes to compete in and the world to enjoy. Never before in the history of the Olympic movement has there been four such remarkable bids competing to host one Olympic Games.

“At the same time, I congratulate Rio de Janeiro and Brazil for earning the right to host in 2016. USA Volleyball knows Rio and its Olympic organizers will produce a spectacular Games, and indoor and beach volleyball will be showcased very favorably much like it was at the recent 2007 Pan American Games. Rio’s bid was very volleyball-centric, including its committee leadership. I want to pass along my personal congratulations to Rio’s bid leader Mr. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, who was a long-time serving president of the Brazil Volleyball Federation (1975-99) and was a member of the FIVB executive committee. Also, Mr. Ary Graça, the current Brazil Volleyball Federation and member of the FIVB executive committee, played a key role in Rio winning the 2016 Olympic bid.”

The Chicago bid consisted of three main components; using the Olympic movement to unite all humanity, a concept to deliver the Games within a tightly confined area of its lakefront parklands for ease of movement for the athletes and fans, and creating a legacy that will inspire young people to reach for better life through Olympic and Paralympic sport.

“Thanks to all of the supporters of Chicago 2016 in the city and around the world,” wrote the Chicago 2016 Candidate City Committee in a press release thanking its supporters. “Thanks also to the International Olympic Committee for giving us the opportunity to compete against these world-class cities on the world stage. While we were not fortunate enough to be selected as Host City, Chicago has won in many other ways.

“The city and nation united behind our bid. The international competition raised Chicago's profile as a world-class city. Countless businesses and philanthropic organizations helped stage events that inspired young people to engage in sport. And the bid's legacy organization, World Sport Chicago, will continue to reach thousands of youth in the years to come. As a direct result of the bid, more than 300,000 Chicago youth have already begun to realize the benefits of the Olympic Movement through activities and educational programs.”

Stephanie Streeter, the acting CEO of the USOC, complimented Chicago 2016 and the City of Chicago while also offering the USOC’s congratulations to Rio de Janeiero for its successful winning bid.

“On behalf of the U.S. Olympic Committee, I’d like to offer my congratulations to Rio de Janeiro host city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Stephanie Streeter said. “Rio de Janeiro and the people of Brazil will surely stage a spectacular Games, as they host hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world and the most talented athletes compete during the summer of 2016. All four Candidate Cities developed and presented strong bids in what proved to be an extremely tight competition.

“We thank Mayor Daley, the City of Chicago, Pat Ryan and Chicago 2016 for their tireless efforts, along with those of thousands of athlete ambassadors, National Governing Body employees and members, corporate backers, private donors, and MSOs. We are also extremely grateful to President Obama and his administration for their unprecedented support of the bid and the Olympic Movement. We are proud of the positive legacy the bid will leave for the City of Chicago and for the Olympic Movement here in our country.”

Beal expressed his and USA Volleyball’s appreciation to both the USOC and the Chicago 2016 committee for their efforts to bring the Summer Olympics Games to the United States for the first time since 1996.

“I applaud the cooperation between the USOC and Chicago for the efforts in bringing the Olympic Games to the United States,” Beal said. “The partnership was exceptional and promoted the City of Chicago well. I don’t think anything could have been done differently in the bid.”

Prior to the secret balloting, each candidate city made a 45-minute final presentation to the IOC members today. Afterward, the IOC secret vote eliminated one bid city per round with the fewest votes.

Chicago was eliminated in the first round as the candidate city receiving the least amount of votes out of 94 ballots cast. Tokyo was eliminated in the second round of votes with Rio de Janeiro and Madrid. In the final round, Rio de Janeiro prevailed over Madrid by a 66-32 vote.

2016 Olympic Games Voting by Round
Round 1: Madrid 28, Rio de Janeiro 26, Tokyo 22, Chicago 18
Round 2: Rio de Janeiro 46, Madrid 29, Tokyo 20
Round 3: Rio de Janeiro 66, Madrid 32