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IOC Bends Rules When Selecting 2016 Olympic Bid Shortlist

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Rio de Janeiro was selected to the 2016 Olympic bid shortlist while scoring lower than the bid from Doha - a city eliminated from the field.

Typically, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selects the top scoring bids based on questionnaire responses and IOC investigations. They choose bids that are over a determined "benchmark". However, this time the IOC changed the rules and eliminated Doha, a city that was almost tied for third and ahead of another accepted bid.

Doha's weaknesses were a small population, lack of facilities and planned Games dates outside of the IOC's desired window. The IOC may have considered one of these obstacles to be too large to accept.

Tokyo had the best overall score of 8.3 followed closely by Madrid at 8.1. Chicago placed third with 7.0 Doha came in at 6.9. Rio de Janeiro scored 6.4 followed by Prague at 5.4 and Baku at 4.3.

The top five bids were over the benchmark but Doha was excluded from the short list. Write or read comments about this article

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2016 Olympic Bid News Summary
Bid Status: Rio won bid
Bid Date: October 2, 2009
Bid Location: IOC Congress in Copenhagen Denmark
Description: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo have been selected to the shortlist and will compete to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Baku, Doha and Prague were eliminated June 5, 2008.
Bid Book: Link To Bid Book
Web Site: http://2009olympiccongress.com