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Lula beats Obama: a powerful Brazil changes history

Lula beats Obama: a powerful Brazil changes historyCopenhagen  - Not even US President Barack Obama could stop a fast-growing Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro achieved Friday something that seemed unthinkable until recently: to get the Olympic Games for South America for the first time in history.

"The Games of the 31st Olympiad are awarded to the city of Rio de Janeiro," IOC president Jacques Rogge said at 1650 GMT.

The sentence from the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unleashed euphoria in the traditional home of football, which has now become the country of the Games.

Reaction to Rio's Olympic vote victory

IOC president Jacques RoggeCopenhagen  - Reaction Friday to Rio de Janeiro's election as host city of the 2016 Olympics:

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: "The substantial difference was that those who were here to vote saw in our eyes that we came here with heart and soul. The other countries came here with proposals, we came with our heart and our soul."

IOC president Jacques Rogge: "Rio remained humble, they learnt a lot, today they won and that is a very nice story."

Cry of joy shakes Rio's Copacabana beach

IOC president Jacques RoggeRio de Janeiro - A crowd shouted in joy in Brazil's most famous beach, Copacabana, the moment IOC president Jacques Rogge said Rio de Janeiro was to host the 2016 Olympics.

The historic decision to take the Games to South America for the first time in history was met with a rain of confetti on the beach, where tens of thousands of people had gathered before a giant screen to watch the home stretch in the Marvellous City's race against Madrid, Chicago and Tokyo.

US congratulates Rio for victorious Olympic bid

Ian KellyWashington  - The United States congratulated the city of Rio de Janeiro for prevailing Friday in the tight competition to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

"Congratulations, Rio," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said. "I think it's great that South America will have its first Olympics."

US officials have expressed disappointment that Chicago's bid failed at the International Olympic Committee vote in Copenhagen despite intense last-minute lobbying effort from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.

Tearful Lula says "heart and soul" got Rio the 2016 Olympics

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Copenhagen/Rio de Janeiro  - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrated Friday amid smiles and tears Rio de Janeiro's historic designation to host in 2016 South America's first- ever Olympic Games.

"This is not an individual victory, but a victory of 190 million souls, a victory of the South American continent, a victory of the whole of Latin America," Lula told Brazilian television.

Chicago shocked at early exit from Olympics

Barack ObamaWashington - Thousands of disappointed Chicagoans streamed out of their planned public celebration Friday when their city fell out of the Olympic bidding process unexpectedly at the first round.

The Midwest US city had been widely regarded as the joint favourite with Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 bid, especially following the last minute visit to Copenhagen of US President Barack Obama.

"I am completely in shock," said Jan Schakowsky, a Chicago congresswomen, speaking to TV reporters from Chicago's Daley Plaza, as thousands of stunned residents headed for the exit.

Disappointment in Spain as Olympic hopes are lost

Spain's Queen SofiaMadrid  - Spain's Queen Sofia on Friday congratulated Rio de Janeiro for having been chosen to host the 2016 Olympics, though Spain was "disappointed" about Madrid having lost the race.

"Congratulations Rio," the queen told Spanish National Television in Copenhagen, also congratulating Spaniards for the "good job" they had done in promoting Madrid's candidacy.

Some 6,000 Madrid residents had gathered at the capital's central Plaza de Oriente square to follow a live broadcast of the presentation of Madrid's candidacy on two gigantic screens.

Rio gets 2016 Games to put South America on Olympic

IOC president Jacques Rogge Copenhagen  - Rio de Janeiro was elected host city of the 2016 Olympics on Friday as the International Olympic Committee finally entrusted the unchartered territory of South America with the world's premier sports event.

IOC president Jacques Rogge announced that the Brazilian metropolis Rio won a final round of IOC voting against Madrid after first Barack Obama-backed Chicago and then Tokyo crashed in the earlier rounds of the secret ballot.

Barack Obama the star attraction at IOC

Barack Obama the star attraction at IOCCopenhagen  - Olympians fell for the charm of United States President Barack Obama after he lobbied for Chicago's 2016 bid before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday.

IOC member Nicole Hoevertsz of Aruba told German Press Agency dpa that almost half of IOC members were queuing for a snapshot and a few words with Obama during a 20-minute coffee break following Chicago's pitch.

"There were a lot, about 40 or 50 members that asked him for a photo after the presentation," she told dpa.

President Obama meets Danish queen, lobbies Chicago bid

President Obama meets Danish queen, lobbies Chicago bid Copenhagen  - US President Barack Obama's whirlwind visit to Copenhagen continued Friday with a meeting with Danish Queen Margrethe and Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

Before meeting the queen, the president and US First Lady Michelle Obama addressed delegates of the International Olympic Committee as part of their hometown Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Games.

After their speeches, the presidential motorcade left for Christiansborg Palace where Queen Margrethe and her husband, Prince Henrik, received them.

Madrid holds its breath and hopes for Olympic win - and a party

Madrid holds its breath and hopes for Olympic win - and a partyMadrid  - Confident of being chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games, Spain's capital Madrid was Friday preparing for a huge party.

Two giant screens were put up on the Plaza de Oriente square facing the royal palace, where thousands of people were expected to show up to watch a live broadcast of the presentation of Madrid's candidacy in Copenhagen.

Obama bound for Copenhagen to push Chicago's Olympic bid

Obama bound for Copenhagen to push Chicago's Olympic bidWashington  - US President Barack Obama departed late Thursday for Copenhagen to make a final pitch on behalf of his home town Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Games.

Obama is slated to address the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ahead of its announcement Friday of the winning city. The four finalists are Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

"He's gonna make an appeal on behalf of all of America to showcase America to the world in 2016," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said before Obama's departure.

Japan's PM mulls trip to Copenhagen to back Tokyo's Olympic bid

Japan's PM mulls trip to Copenhagen to back Tokyo's Olympic bidTokyo - Japan's newly-elected Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has said he is seriously considering joining Tokyo's bid team for the 2016 Olympics at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote in Copenhagen next month, it was reported Friday.

Bid organizers have been urging Hatoyama to join them in Copenhagen for the vote on October 2.

Japanese Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda paid Hatoyama a visit at his official residence Friday to request his attendance in Copenhagen.

Olympians should face tests for hidden heart problems

Olympians should face tests for hidden heart problemsLondon, Sep 14 : Athletes who participate in worldwide sports events like the Olympics should be screened for hidden heart problems - and potential disqualification if any are detected, claims a collection of studies, one of which was conducted by an Indian origin researcher.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ordered to conduct the studies into the practicality and effectiveness of such tests.

Michelle Obama to represent Chicago Olympic bid

Michelle Obama to represent Chicago Olympic bid Washington  - First Lady Michelle Obama will be on hand to root for her home town of Chicago when the International Olympic Committee announces which city can host the 2016 competition, the White House said Friday.

Michelle Obama will travel to Copenhagen for the ceremony on October 2. Chicago is hoping to win out over Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

Tokyo says Olympics bid boosted by IOC report

Tokyo says Olympics bid boosted by IOC report Tokyo  - Tokyo feels its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games has been boosted by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation report, its bid committee chief said Thursday.

"We are extremely pleased to receive such a high evaluation," Japanese Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda said at a press conference in Tokyo.

"We feel convinced that this is a big boost towards our goal of hosting the Games."

Hardee regains decathlon lead; Radcliffe pulls out of marathon

Hardee regains decathlon lead; Radcliffe pulls out of marathonBerlin - Trey Hardee of the United States regained the lead in the world championship decathlon after six events on Thursday while British star Paula Radcliffe said she won't run the marathon.

Radcliffe said in a statement issued by the British federation that she doesn't consider herself fully fit to go for gold on Sunday in the wake of foot surgery. Radcliffe is the world record holder and won the world title in 2005.

Golf and rugby sevens proposed as future Olympic sports

Golf and rugby sevens proposed as future Olympic sports Berlin - The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed Thursday in Berlin to select golf and rugby sevens as sports to be proposed for the 2016 Olympics at the next IOC Session in October.

Baseball, softball, squash, karate and roller sports failed to make the selection and will not be put forward for ratification by the full 106-member IOC assembly in Copenhagen. The IOC Executive Committee also decided to allow women's boxing for the first time at the London Olympics in 2012. (dpa)

Hooker doubtful for worlds with adductor injury

Hooker doubtful for worlds with adductor injury Berlin - Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker said in a statement published on Thursday that he has injured himself in training which gives him only a 50-50 chance of competing at the world championships.

Hooker said in a statement issued by Athletics Australia that he suffered an adductor problem on Monday.

"I was training and did a take off and felt something in my adductor," Hooker said. "We are going to do whatever we can to treat it aggressively and get me in as good of a position as we can before the qualifying round.

Denise Lewis has ‘Perfect Athletic Body’: Poll

Denise Lewis has ‘Perfect Athletic Body’: PollLondon, Aug 12 : Olympic champ Denise Lewis has the ‘Perfect Athletic Body’, according to a new poll.

The British athlete, who won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, topped the Maximuscle poll, reports the Daily Star.

However, Lewis insists: “I’m just a normal person that worked hard, and I hope people can take inspiration from that.”

Soccer ace David Beckham, 34, and Zara Phillips, 28, had the best bums in the poll. (ANI)




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