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Rio's Olympic Bid Presentation Wins The Day At SportAccord

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image Chicago 2016 President Pat Ryan presents at SportAccord

Four Olympic bid cities for 2016 have completed 20 minute presentations to delegates of SportAccord in Denver.  But it was the bid from Rio de Janeiro that seemed to win the hearts of the audience – and their applause.


Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman made an emphatic plea for the IOC to send the Games to South America for the very first time while showing a map of past Olympic cities scattered across the rest of the globe.  The delegates erupted in applause unlike any other during all four presentations.

Later, at a press conference Nuzman remarked “that was the first time that I saw a big applause from the audience for a map.” 

Rio also emphasized its television friendly time zone and a “complete, honest and realistic budget”.  Rio expects to spend more than the other three bids – but with estimates that align to current organizing committees actual budgets.

Highlighting the successful organization of the 2007 Pan Am Games, Rio’s presentation showed various athletes - including some from the United States – endorsing venues, and the city of Rio.

At a press conference when Chicago 2016 President Pat Ryan was asked about Rio’s passion winning the day, he responded “maybe we’re a little too boring in our presentation – Carlos Nuzman is a great speaker.”  

He continued to explain that the passion resides instead in the people of Chicago.

Chicago’s presentation focused on the history and development of sport in Chicago and clearly laid out a compact, waterfront venue plan.  There was no mention of financial guarantees – or lack thereof.  Pat Ryan later explained that they had chosen to use their twenty minutes to focus more on sport.

Tokyo’s presentation took, at times, a humorous look at the current economic crisis but alleviated any concerns by exploring a bid that is financially safe, compact, includes many existing venues and is environmentally sustainable.  Tokyo has already secured more guaranteed funding than their total infrastructure budget.

Tokyo estimates that there are three billion television viewers within their prime-time TV footprint – and there will be the highest number of viewers in Olympic history.

Madrid’s presentation was lower key, focusing on efficiency and functionality while offering a safe choice for the IOC.  Scenes of contemporary Madrid opened the presentation and a look forward to “post-Games” Madrid provided an emotional closure. Write or read comments about this article
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Summer Olympic Bids Summary
Bid Status: Evaluation commission visit bid cities in March, 2013
Bid Date: 2020 Games decided September 7, 2013
Bid Location: IOC Session Buenos Aires, Argentina
Description: Bid books due to IOC January 7, 2013
Bid Book: Link To Bid Book
Web Site: http://www.gamesbids.com