The battle to become the host city for The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or the 31st Olympic Games in 2016 is well underway. There are currently seven cities who have fulfilled the application process to become hosts of this most prestigious sports event in the World.
The application to host the Olympic Games in 2016 began last September when cities wishing to be considered to hold the 2016 Olympic Games had to submit an initial application to the IOC (International Olympic Committee). Once accepted, these cities then had to complete a 25-question IOC form which were submitted in January of this year. Currently, Chicago are the favourites to win the 2016 games (8/11 with Bet365) followed by Tokyo (8/1) and Rio (9/4)
Originally there were a large number of candidates to become hosts, but now there are just 7 cities remaining. The cities which remain in the running for holding the 2016 Olympic Games include:
- Chicago – United States
- Prague – Czech Republic
- Tokyo – Japan
- Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
- Baku – Azerbaijan
- Doha – Qatar
- Madrid – Spain
The next step is that these cities will be shortlisted by the IOC in June 2008, then the competition really hots up, before the winning city is announce on 9th October 2009 following a meeting of the full IOC membership. How do the IOC decide who hosts the Olympics? Well the answer to this question is rather long, needless to say that each application is assessed on it’s own merits, but follows set guidelines on various areas of the cities suitability. These include areas such as Government support, legal issues and public opinion, General infrastructure, Overall project and legacy, Environment, Sports venues an the proposals for the Olympic Village.
So how do each city measure up to become hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games? Well the bookmakers have their own ideas. They have given the following odds on the outcome of the 2016 Olympic Games challenge:
How they are able to come up with this list becomes easier when you look at the individual cities bids to become hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Madrid 2016 Olympic Games Bid:
Madrid actually applied to host the 2012 Olympics, but were beaten by London, albeit marginally. Madrid scored first place in a number of areas assesed and would be a very strong contender, unfortunately for Madrid, is that the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Winter Olympics are being held in Europe, so the chances that a third consecutive Games will be help in Europe is very unlikely.
Prague 2016 Olympic Games Bid
Prague, like Madrid will be unlikely to hold the Olympic Games, as it too is in Europe, besides it’s infrastructure and lack of stadia also mean that it is most unlikely.
Baku 2016 Olympic Games Bid
Baku may well struggle to find support with the IOC for it’s bid, again this is down to it’s geographical location. As a very wealthy nation (mainly due to it’s oil fields), Baku should be able to afford to host the games, and rectify the fact that it has very few sports venues and poor tourism facilities, unfortunately although an Asian city, Baku is a close neighbour of Sochi, Russia the hosts of 2014 Winter Olympics. It is unlikely that the IOC will go for a location so close. This is Baku’s first application to host the games, and may well be in a better position to host a later Olympic Games.
Doha 2016 Olympic Games Bid
Doha in Qatar, is in the centre of the Middle East. As such has a huge wealth created by being oil rich, so well able to afford the Olympics. Doha has spent lots of money already improving the infrasture, building hotels and improving the transport. Qatar as a country is stable, with no real problems with terror or security, but it’s close vicinity to other countries may dampen the enthusiasm for Doha’s bid. The sporting facilities are really quite good, and although there would need to be more built, they do have a good foundation for the bid. The Middle East have never before hosted the Olympic Games, so could this be their time?
Now we enter the top three cities likely to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
Tokyo 2016 Olympic Games Bid
Tokyo do have a strong case to become hosts for the 2016 Olympic Games. Tokyo has got a great infrastructure, with excellent transport system. It’s failure to win the bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, may well stand it in good stead with some members of the IOC, however with Beijing holding this year’s Olympics, to return to that part of Asia quite so soon, may well steer the IOC away from Tokyo’s bid, I guess that’s why the best odds at the moment are only 8/1 (Paddy Power)
Rio 2016 Olympic Games Bid
The Olympic Games have not yet been held in a South American city, which may influence the decision of the IOC. Not only is Rio de Janeiro one of the Worlds most beautiful cities, it also had a chance to prove itself in being able to host major sports competitions as it was the host for last years Pan American Games. It has also been selected for the FIFA World Cup in 2014, which may or may not act in favour of Rio to host the Olympics. You can get odds of 9/4 from Bet 365 on Rio winning it’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
Chicago 2016 Olympic Games Bid
The favourite amongst bookmakers (8/11 Bet365) is Chicago, which if successful will be the first Olympic Games to be held in the USA since the Atlanta Games in 1996. With two airports and an extensive rail network, Chicago has a really good transport infrastructure. Another thing in the favour of an American bid is the fact that previous games have been held on all the other continents, so it is their turn, this is also true though for Rio.
Which city would you choose, and what’s more, will you put some money where your mouth is? Use the table above to ensure you get the best odds for which city to host 2016 Olympic Games.