Rio looks favorite to stage 2016 Olympic Games

By Calvin Palmer

Chicago fell at the first hurdle in the race to stage the 2016 Olympic Games.

The U.S. city’s bid had the backing of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and TV’s First Lady Oprah Winfrey.

Alas, all their glad-handing counted for nought. Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the International Olympic Committee ballot heldin Copehagen .

In the second round, it was Tokyo’s turn to be rejected.

The contest is now down to Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

My guess is that Rio will win. South America has never staged the Olympics and the International Olympic Committee will be keen to redress that situation.

It remains to be seen whether samba dancing will become an Olympic sport if Rio’s bid is successful. Stranger things have happened – beach volleyball being a prime example.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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