09.02.09 9 years ago 8 Comments

The International Olympic Committee has reviewed the four final candidate cities for the 2016 Summer Olympics. And if you were looking for a front-runner to rise from the pack, keep looking.

The IOC evaluation report gives generally high marks to Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. The report was released Wednesday, exactly a month ahead of the Oct. 2 vote in Copenhagen.

Among concerns, the report cites the absence of financial guarantees from Chicago, low public support in Tokyo, a lack of understanding of different roles in Madrid, and need for careful monitoring of urban projects and accommodation in Rio. via.

I really don’t see what the big deal is with having the Olympics in your city. Most urban centers can’t even accommodate the traffic they already have, and the idea that sporting events like these help the overall economy hasn’t been proven conclusively. Plus it seems a little disingenuous to promote yourself as a vehicle of goodwill and humility and then turn around and whore yourself out to the highest bidder. Not that I have a big issue when strippers dressed up as Catholic school girls do it…

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