Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games following an International Olympic Committee vote in Copenhagen on Friday.
Rio beat off competition from Madrid, Chicago and Tokyo to win the right to be the first South American city to host the Games. Rio received 66 votes to just 32 to for the Spanish capital, sparking wild scenes on both Copacabana and in Copenhagen where IOC president Jacques Rogge announced the result. The party started immediately on the famous Copacabana beach in Rio where thousands of people had gathered to await that result. Chicago had been the pre-vote favoutrites but despite the support of American president Barrack Obama, who flew to the Danish capital to address the IOC members, they were eliminated in a shock first round of voting that drew gasps from the assembled crowd. Tokyo was next to bite the dust leaving Rio and Madrid in a straight fight for the right to host the Games. Spanish president Jose Luis Zapatero was quick to congratulate the winning city. Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lulu da Silva had also made the trip to Denmark to lend his support alongside other prominent figures such as football legend Pele and author Paolo Coelho.