2016 Olympic Games head to Rio de Janeiro

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The South American city was awarded the Games ahead of Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago. It's the first time the Olympics has been held in South America.

With the London Olympic Games struggling to find private funding to build the venues and infastructure need for the 2012 Olympics, much of the build up to the 2016 voting was focused on the sustainability of any bid.

Chicago was the first to be eliminated this afternoon, followed by Tokyo, leaving Rio and Madrid. Rio then became favourite as it was unlikely that two consecutive Games would be held in Europe.

Spain has also come in for criticism by the IOC of late after the country restricted the times that out-of-competition drug tests could be carried out on sportspeople.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989, started racing in the UK in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. As editor of  Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races.