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The 4 bid cities will present next week in Lausanne in front of the IOC members their concepts..

Does someone know if it will be broadcast live ?

Olympic programme and 2016 OG on the agenda of Olympic meetings

12 June 2009

From 15 to 18 June 2009 in Lausanne, the Olympic programme and the 2016 Olympic Games will be on the agenda of the IOC Executive Board (EB) meeting and a members’ briefing respectively.

Which new sports for the Games?

The EB will first be given presentations on the seven sports seeking inclusion in the Olympic programme. The IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission has performed an in-depth analysis of these sports, including observing them during competitions. This analysis is based on an exhaustive list of criteria approved by the IOC Session in 2004 in Athens, such as universality, popularity and image. The EB will also hear reports by the IOC administration and commissions, as well as by the Organising Committees for the upcoming editions of the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. The IOC President’s press conference will close the EB meeting on 16 June.

Looking ahead to 2016

On 17 and 18 June, the first briefing for IOC members on the candidatures for the 2016 Games will be held. This will enable the Candidate Cities to inform all the voting members about the technical aspects of their bid. The briefing is a result of the candidate city evaluation reform process, and allows all the cities to compete on an equal footing. The IOC members will have the opportunity to put questions to the cities about their candidatures before the IOC Session in Copenhagen (Denmark), where, on 2 October 2009, the host city will be elected from among Chicago (USA), Madrid (Spain), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Tokyo (Japan).

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The presentations will occur separately behind closed doors, and will not be broadcast for the other bids to see.

Each bid will have a press conference following the presentations though (not that these press conferences provide a whole lot of tangible information).

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BBC article on today's presentations:

Cities make 2016 Olympics pitches

The four cities hoping to stage the 2016 Olympic Games are making crucial pitches to International Olympic Committee (IOC) members on Wednesday.

Leaders from Madrid, Tokyo, Chicago and Rio de Janeiro are in Lausanne for one of their last chances to impress IOC members before they vote in October.

The cities have been asked to focus on technical details of their bids.

Correspondents say budget plans and finances will come under extra scrutiny due to the global economic turndown.

About 90 of the IOC's 107 members are expected to attend the meeting.

Speaking on the eve of the presentations, IOC president Jacques Rogge said that although members would be looking for financial assurances, the commercial strength of the candidates should not be the key issue for selecting the host city.

"Economics should not drive our decision," Mr Rogge said at the end of a two-day IOC executive board meeting.

"Frequently in the past we did not necessarily go for the richest city and I believe we were right to do that."

He added: "Ultimately it is not the economics but leaving a sustainable legacy. When we leave, we want it to be a bonus for the city, the region and the country."

The race to host the 2016 Olympics has been described as one of the closest in history.

Chicago, with President Barack Obama's support, is perhaps a slight favourite, says BBC World Service Sports reporter Alex Capstick.

Wednesday's presentations are unlikely to make or break a candidate, our correspondent says, but at such a late stage of the bidding process they will be desperate to deliver a flawless performance.

Bid cities will have 45 minutes to make their case, followed by a 45 minute question and answer session. The following day, the members can visit the bid teams in their hotel suites.

IOC delegates have been barred from visiting candidate cities since the Salt Lake City bribes-for-votes scandal in 1999, so this week's programme was arranged to give the bid teams direct contact with the members.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/8104372.stm

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According with the last reports Rio got most applause after the presentation in Lausanne. Rio 2016 team presented Brazilian president Lula on video giving full guarantees to make the games. Tokyo had the most technical presentation and a video of japanese prime-minister. Madrid team was good and had the prime minister Zapatero on video.

Chicago had to answer many questions regarding funding. As the Chicago Tribune highlighted this has been an Achilles' heel for the bid because the other three finalists -- Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo -- are offering full government guarantees.

The big surprise in Lausanne was that US president Barack Obama did not appear on video giving his blessing to Chigago´s bid.

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As far as I've seen, Tokyo's presentation was somewhat boring. Rio's was the surprise of the day, and Chicago and Madrid both did very well.

I believe that Rio has finally put itself as a serious contender, able to convince the IOC of the solvency of its project. Tokyo has reminded the IOC of what it always has been: technically perfect yet somewhat repetitive/ boring games. Madrid and Chicago keep their options open, even though Chicago wrongly betted on avoiding Obama (in order to keep personalities and politicians out of the bid), which is undoubtedly its strongest asset.

Nevertheless, the four contenders are all quite equally positioned in the race and, by the looks of it, it's going to be a tough and very close race in Copenhagen.

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One highlight of Rio´s presentation was a world map with all the past host cities - with a white marked area on South America. A reminder that South America never host the Olympic Games. :rolleyes:

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Do you know something we don't Danny?

I didn't think so.

He said he doesn't THINK so........

well, do you and Baron know for sure that Mr. Hussein is going?

Forgive us if you work in the White House and are the ones in charge of his schedules...

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In responding to Obama's "absence", the bid team did say that according to the IOC, they were asked to keep celebrities and dignitaries OUT of this part of the process. I think they did the right thing in keeping him home. In Copenhagen, if Oprah/Michelle/Barrack all show up, I think it will have a big effect and could sway some votes. The IOC already knows that the US is more serious about this bid than any previous one and has much more federal support than previous bids.

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I agree with those here about not having Obama on video was a GOOD THING. He can't be on everything...

Pretty much everyone here expects Obama to show up in Copenhagen. They don't want to say it is certain, because if he doesn't show it would look as if he was snubbing the IOC. Baring a global crisis, he should be there.

Now, I am still concerned that people are putting too much weight in Obama swaying the IOC. Let's not forget that Chicago does have a very good bid.

I think Michael Jordan is more likely to be in Copenhagen over Oprah. Her only involvement so far was the dinner entertainment, and she said a couple of lines about Chicago 2016 on her show featuring U.S. Olympians from Beijing.

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GB says: "Rio 2016 made an impact by displaying a huge map showing where all the Olympic Games have been held, reports USA Today. There were dots in Europe, Asia and North America, and a blank for the entire South American continent"

C'mon, do they really need to see a map for this? Are thy members of the IOC and they get impressed of a map 'cos they didn't know before there have no been OG before in SouthAmerica or Africa?

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GB says: "Rio 2016 made an impact by displaying a huge map showing where all the Olympic Games have been held, reports USA Today. There were dots in Europe, Asia and North America, and a blank for the entire South American continent"

C'mon, do they really need to see a map for this? Are thy members of the IOC and they get impressed of a map 'cos they didn't know before there have no been OG before in SouthAmerica or Africa?

LOL, I agree. I doubt there's any IOC members who didn't realise the games haven't been to South America before.

It's a fair enough point to raise, but Rio better be careful not to overstate it. They also need to stress why they'd be a great choice, beyond just the "it's time" argement.

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I see a great way of revolution if Brazil winning the bid invest in sport education. We have to create ways to make elite athletes without send them to another countries. Other important thing is the economic and political impact of a Olympic Games here. I did participate in a forum of international relations and Brazil can improve its industry and sport in a similar way like South Korea did after Seul´88. There is South Korea before and after the Olympic Games. ;)

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