IOC report gives no clues on who will win 2016 Olympics

Maggie Hendricks

In a report released by the International Olympic Committee today on all four cities bidding for the 2016 Olympic games, each city had potentially damning flaws discussed. No clear-cut leader was delineated between Chicago, Tokyo, Rio De Janiero and Madrid.

Chicago's plan was called, in more than one place, ambitious but achievable. The Windy City's biggest problem was that at the time of the IOC's visit, there was no financial back-up for the Games. However, at an IOC meeting in June, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said that the city would provide financial backing. Chicago's two other potential problems are the reliance on temporary venues and transportation problems.

Tokyo's biggest issue is that its people don't support the bid, and the Olympics do not like to go to a place that they are not wanted. Only 56 percent of the citizens of Tokyo want the games, the lowest amount of support among the bid cities. The IOC is also concerned about the size of the space allotted for the Olympic Village, and the lack of existing venues. Tokyo would need to build 17 venues for the Games. Tokyo's biggest strength is that it already has $3.7 billion banked as reserve money for the Games.

There was no surprise in Rio's weakness which is safety. As the IOC so delicately worded it, "public safety would pose a challenge" in Rio. Considering that the U.S. State department says that "crime in Brazil has reached very high levels," the IOC may be underplaying that card. The IOC is also concerned that there will not be enough hotel rooms in time for the Games, though Rio does enjoy the highest amount of local support, at 85 percent.

Madrid's biggest problem is that it hasn't made it very clear to the IOC just who is doing what. From the IOC:

However, the Candidature File and supporting documentation, as well as the administrative structure proposed for a Madrid 2016 Games, did not demonstrate a full understanding of the need for clear delineation of roles and responsibilities, including ï¬nancial, between different stakeholders to ensure efï¬cient and timely transition to the OCOG, or of the management of operations required to implement the Games vision, concept and plans.

Ouch. The IOC is also concerned about Spain's compliance with anti-doping measures, and the construction of some of the venues.

The next step in the process is the actual election of the host city after an IOC meeting in early October, with the announcement of the bid coming on October 2, one month from today.