Friday, October 02, 2009
Despite the global influence of U.S. President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and even megastar Oprah Winfrey, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today rejected Chicago as the site of the 2016 Olympic Games and awarded the event to Rio de Janeiro. This is the first time Brazil’s second largest city will host an Olympic event.
Chicago was considered a frontrunner along with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid but, despite Mr. Obama’s participation in Friday’s final presentation and Michelle Obama lobbying IOC members in favor of her hometown, the Second City suffered a stunning first-round defeat when the votes were tabulated. TV talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, who is based in Chicago, accompanied the president and First Lady to Copenhagen to try and sell Illinois’ largest city as the city of choice for the Olympic games.
Rio de Janeiro’s victory leaves Africa and Antarctica as the only continents that have never hosted an Olympics.