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Rio wins 2016 Games as IOC rebuffs Obama

Rio de Janeiro won a resounding vote on Friday to stage the first Olympics in South America in 2016, rebuffing U.S. President Barack Obama, who had personally lobbied for his adopted hometown Chicago.

FACTBOX: Rio's challenges to hosting 2016 Olympics

Rio de Janeiro, which won the vote to host the 2016 Olympic Games on Friday, had the least-prepared infrastructure of the four cities competing for the spot. Following are the principal challenges Rio faces.

IOC finances are solid despite credit crunch: Rogge

The International Olympic Committee has so far weathered the economic crisis, emerging largely unscathed and with its finances still solid, IOC President Jacques Rogge said on Thursday. Rogge was speaking at the opening ceremony of an IOC session in the Danish capital where members will choose the hosts of the 2016 Summer Olympics on Friday from Madrid, Tokyo, Chicago and Rio de Janeiro.

President and First Lady back Chicago 2016 bid

Chicago played its two trump cards on Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle both making impassioned speeches as they urged the IOC to choose the Windy City as host of the 2016 Olympics.

Famous athletes boost Chicago bid on eve of vote

Famous U.S. Olympians including sprinter Michael Johnson, basketball player David Robinson and gymnast Nastia Liukin lent muscle to Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics on the eve of the choice of host city.

Tokyo urges IOC to think green for 2016 Games

Tokyo made an impassioned plea on behalf of the planet on Friday, promising International Olympic Committee members a Games in harmony with nature if they were awarded the 2016 Olympics.

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