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The ranking:

1. Chicago (60.73, up 0.17)

2. Tokyo (60.66, up 0.25)

3. Rio de Janeiro (59.90, down 0.92)

4. Madrid (59.50, up 1.25)

5. Doha (53.46, up 0.63)

6. Prague (37.17, down 0.42)

7. Baku (36.43, down 0.42)

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Meanwhile, over at AnoTheR site:

Tie at the Top for 2016 Bid Cities: Around the Rings Olympic Bid Power Index

Atlanta, GA 30309

May 29 2008

(Atlanta) – Two cities from the Americas are tied for first place with just days to go before the International Olympic Committee announces which cities will move to the final round of bidding for the 2016 Summer Games.

Chicago and Rio de Janeiro each score 79 of a possible 110 points in the last ATR rankings before the announcement in Greece on June 4. Tokyo (72), Madrid (71), and Doha (70) also are strong contenders to make the cut, according to the Around the Rings Olympic Bid Power Index. The remaining two cities – Baku, Uzbekistan (59) and Prague, Czech Republic (54) almost certainly will be dropped.

“The results of the latest Power Index make it clear that the two bids from the Americas are making the most compelling cases for the Games. And while Doha is bunched up with Madrid and Tokyo in a second-tier of bids, this first-ever bid from the Middle East also has emotional appeal that other bids do not,” says ATR Editor Ed Hula.

“The prospect is strong that Chicago and Rio de Janeiro will stay neck and neck in this race over the next 18 months leading to the IOC vote,” Hula continued.

The full ATR Power Index will be released Saturday and can be viewed at www.aroundtherings.com. It also will be available in a special edition magazine produced exclusively for SportAccord, the world’s premier sports conference, taking place in Athens, Greece, June 2 to 6. Around the Rings will provide extensive, on-the-scene coverage of the conference and the announcement on June 4. The special edition can be viewed at http://aroundtherings.com/tabid/90/Default.aspx.

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I am quite surprised by the fact that ATR seems to consider that Rio is almost a sure thing in the shortlist...

Usually very well connected I wonder whether they know that Rio will be shortlisted.

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Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, the country which doesn't have any borders with Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. According to IOC, Azerbaijan is the member countryof European Olympic Comitee, while Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are central asian countries and the members of asian olympic comitee. Please read geography before writing silly things like that :(

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Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, the country which doesn't have any borders with Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. According to IOC, Azerbaijan is the member countryof European Olympic Comitee, while Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are central asian countries and the members of asian olympic comitee. Please read geography before writing silly things like that :(

Yes, we that Azerbaijian is another dictator-crazy country that has oil but couldn't sent a decent Eurovision entry.

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