International Olympic Committee names four candidate cities for 2016 Games - 6/4/2008
Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid will compete for the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday.
The IOC's 15-member executive board narrowed down a list of candidates that also included Doha, Prague and Baku, whose bids were eliminated.
"It was an impressive list to choose from," IOC Communications Director Giselle Davies told reporters.
She said the cities bidding offered "diversity from around the world... reflecting very much the universal appeal of the Games."
The announcement was delayed by 25 minutes.
The cities' bids were evaluated by a 13-member technical working group headed by IOC executive director Gilbert Felli, Davies said.
The full IOC body will elect the 2016 Games host by secret ballot in Copenhagen in October 2009.
The cities selected as candidates on Wednesday will take part in an observer programme at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games this summer.