October 2, 2009
Posted: 1615 GMT


Well, we don't know yet. We know Chicago (in a stunning upset) and Tokyo, were both eliminated in the first round of voting.

So either Rio de Janeiro or Madrid will be chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2016 summer games.

Here at CNN Center, the newsroom let out a gasp of astonishment when the IOC announced Chicago had received the smallest number of votes. Many here expected Chicago – that U.S. President Barack Obama personally flew to Copenhagen to support – had the best chances.

Did his trip backfire? What do IOC members take into account when choosing a city to host Olympic events?

We will be speaking with renowned sports journalist Christine Brennan of USA Today and ask for her reaction to today's big announcement.

We will also go live to all the cities in contention today – the three losers and the winner. If it's Rio, I expect our Shasta Darlington, covering reaction to the IOC's vote results, might have trouble being heard over the crowd of thousands gathered in an open field, ready to celebrate their city's big win.

Also today, we will continue to cover the aftermath of the deadly and destructive earthquakes that hit Indonesia. We'll have reports from the ground and we will tell you how you can help by donating to charities involved in rescue and relief efforts.

Plus, we will show you the first ever video of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The "proof of life" video shows Shalit holding up a newspaper dated September 14th. Hamas released the video in exchange for 20 Palestinian female prisoners.

We'll go live to Jerusalem.

See you at the IDesk,


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Thot   October 2nd, 2009 8:31 pm ET

It will be great to see a Portuguese spoken country hosting the Olympic games.
Portugal, by it's size will never have the chance to do it.

Muthyavan.   October 3rd, 2009 1:05 am ET

The choice of Rio Dee Janeiro as the host city for the first time in North America for 2016 Olympics was the right decision by IOC. It is an international games and every peoples and regions should be given a change to host it before it is given to another country to host it for second time. But because Olympics games have become so important competitions among nations are so very high,even then IOC which is in the past maintaining a very high standard in decision making has maintain it again in hosting Rio Dee Janeiro for 2016 games.

while the whole world is engaged in who is going to host 2016 Olympics, Flood driven lands of Philippines and other countries are waiting for the next weather calamities to hit them any time. Other places where earth Quack hit last week,peoples are busy digging for buried ones as well as digging to bury the dead ones.

halozcel   October 3rd, 2009 5:22 am ET

Rio de Janerio....
It seems to me,it's correct decision/right choice.2016 Olympic Games in Brasil will be exciting...

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