Rio Shines in 2016 Olympics Evaluation; Chicago Not Out Yet

Tokyo deemed insufficiently excited, while Madrid could be logistical nightmare
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2009 4:00 PM CDT
Chicago 2016 leader Patrick Ryan.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The International Olympic Committee appears to be bullish on Rio for the 2016 Summer Games, though Chicago, Tokyo, and Madrid remain in the hunt, CNN reports. In an evaluation of the cities released today to members, Rio’s presentation is deemed to be of the “very highest quality.” Chicago’s bid also received high marks, with the evaluation team calling the city’s $4.8 billion proposal “ambitious but achievable,” the Sun-Times reports. The final decision comes Oct. 2.

One hurdle for Chicago is its commuter rail. Questions about the capacity of the Metra persist, and the system would have to put up with double its normal load for more than 2 weeks. Elsewhere, the evaluation faulted Tokyo for a “relatively low level of public support” and said  Madrid’s administration problems “could result in organizational and financial challenges.”