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Tokyo, Madrid, Chicago, and Rio de Janeiro

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When was the last the the Olympics were in South American and does Rio have the infrastructure to support the games?

Fuskie
Who would love to see the games return to the US 20 years after Atlanta but doesn't really expect it given corporate America is in no shape to be funding a non-government financed event...
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When was the last the the Olympics were in South America...?


Never. See also: Africa.
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Yeah, but Africa is not one of the finalists.

Fuskie
Who wonders how much the novelty of South America will play in the decision or will it be cold hard cash...
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Who wonders how much the novelty of South America will play in the decision or will it be cold hard cash...

Rio has bid on this several times before. They tried very hard in 2004 and 2012 but were unsuccessful because they simply do not have the level of infrastructure needed.

This time, they are hoping to get a better result since Brazil is hosting the World Cup in 2014. So they are saying that a lot of new infrastructure will be added for this.

IMO, Rio has basically no shot at hosting the Olympics. I think Madrid has an excellent shot. And since Spain last hosted the Olympics in 1992, it is possible this would set up the United States as a more serious contender for the 2020 games.

Acme
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Chicago has a heck of a lot of work to do to get these games. The city understands it is under the gun. Our transportation is a nightmare, and that could be the main issue to award to games elsewhere.

Here is how I see it at this point.

Rio is a top contender, because the games have never been to South America, and the IOC would love to have it there.

Tokyo has held the games, though that should not eliminate them, but they are hindered by too many Asian Olympics at this point: Soeul, Beijing, Nagano(Winter).

Madrid has the strike of the Barcelona games back in 1992. IOC may not want to go back to Spain or Europe, considering London has 2012.

I like Chicago's chances, but there is the fear the city will mess things up with our transportation system a mess at the moment. General consensus here is if we don't have the system in place to move people, then we don't deserve the games.

Charlie
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Especially after the transportation disasters of the Atlanta games.

Fuskie
Who does not think AOG could have messed that up any more than our now convicted Mayor (but not for the crass commercialization during the games) embarrassed the city...
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