Before this vote a representative of each candidate group travels to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland), to perform an exhibition of the front project to the Executive Committee and, after a few months, is the vote and election of the Olympic venue. The IOC is a private club consisting of 124 worldwide members charged with choosing where summer and Winter Olympics are held every four years. Their criteria for choosing often have little less to do with the sport that with political or economic strategies. Hence the three cities with greater options to celebrate the games are Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid. Before three candidates with a more or less equal project and ability to organize the Olympic Games, the IOC seeks to beyond sport. Chicago has the support of President Obama, who want to celebrate the games in the city where he has lived many years behind him. In addition, United States has half of the sponsors of the IOC, which represents 40% of the revenue of the Olympic body.
Tokyo has the backing of the Japanese economy and large contracts with multinational companies which would mean a windfall. And finally Madrid, who part with certain disadvantage and search in the Royal family the necessary support to promote the candidacy. There seems to be an unwritten rule within the IOC that avoids granting two games followed within the same continent. This would be a point in favour of Chicago and against Madrid for the celebration of London 2012 and to Tokyo for Beijing in 2008. The argument of Madrid is that London 2012 will be a games Anglo-Saxons and Madrid 2016 would be a Latin games. Rio de Janeiro part with the handicap of a lack of confidence of the IOC by the insecurity caused by inequalities and poverty. The race to get the 2016 Olympic venue will end with the final vote on October 9, 2009. Four cities face to become the eyes of the world for a month. Hopefully the hunches of the Madrilenos do not prove to be gases. Raul Granado Almena journalist original author and source of the article.