Sunday, September 27, 2009
With just four days remaining until the 2016 Summer Olympics host city is chosen in Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro takes a narrow lead in the fifth and final Around the Rings Olympic Bid Power Index.
Across the range of the index's 11 categories, Rio de Janeiro – which tied for third in the last Power Index -- has surged to the lead with 84 points. Chicago trails by one point with 83; Madrid and Tokyo tie at 80. Read the entire article and rankings at http://www.aroundtherings.com/
"This has been a highly competitive race since it began more than two years ago," says ATR Editor Ed Hula.
"What we have seen and heard since the June version of the Power Index is steady improvement for Rio de Janeiro, a seven-point surge since June. Besides some technical improvements, Rio has been able to deliver an emotional edge to its appeal that the other bids haven't matched," says Hula.
"Chicago slips to second from the June index, but still scores three points higher, helped by the addition of financial guarantees and government support," he says,
Madrid and Tokyo still must be considered as serious contenders, says Hula.
"Madrid and Tokyo are just as capable of hosting the Games and could go home with the prize. Both improved their scores, too," he says.
Around the Rings will be on the scene in Copenhagen Friday, October 2, when the IOC selects the 2016 host city. ATR Editor Ed Hula, European Editor Mark Bisson, Americas correspondent Karen Rosen, and reporter Ed Hula III will cover every aspect of the contest. Turn to AroundTheRings.com for the most accurate and insightful coverage of the race.
Since the fourth edition of the Power Index was issued in June, the bid cities have made formal presentations to the IOC at a briefing in June, travelled to major events for the Olympic sports and received the IOC Evaluation Commission reports.
Chicago was in first place with a score of 80 in the last Power Index; Madrid was second with 78, while Rio and Tokyo were tied for third at 77.
Each city is judged in depth across 11 categories ranging from costs, security and public support to transportation. Some categories are subjective, while others are based on hard numbers provided by the bid cities or gathered by ATR.
Since 2004, the Around the Rings Olympic Bid Power Index has become the only regularly published review of Olympic bids that includes first-hand visits to all of the cities.
In Copenhagen, Hula and his team also will report on the IOC Executive Board meeting and election of IOC members, the 121st IOC Session and Virtual Congress, and on Oct. 9, the vote on the Olympic sport program.
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