The IOC Evaluation Commission (the Commission) for theGames of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 is pleased to presentthe results of its evaluation of the four Candidate Cities forthe 2016 Olympic Games: Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiroand Madrid
.Seven cities initially submitted applications to host the 2016Olympic Games: the four Candidate Cities listed above, aswell as Prague (Czech Republic), Baku (Azerbaijan) andDoha (Qatar). At its meeting on 4 June 2008 and on thebasis of an assessment carried out by a Working Group,the IOC Executive Board selected Chicago, Tokyo, Rio deJaneiro and Madrid as Candidate Cities.The 2016 Candidate Cities have been able to beneﬁt fromservices that the IOC constantly strives to improve. Theseincluded a seminar dedicated to the Applicant Cities, par-ticipation in the Beijing Olympic Games Observer Programmeand the Ofﬁcial Debrief of the Beijing Games, brieﬁngs onspeciﬁc topics and access to the IOC’s Olympic GamesKnowledge Management Programme.The knowledge and expertise made available by the IOC tothe cities is reﬂected in the projects put forward by the 2016Candidate Cities which are all of an extremely high level anddemonstrate detailed planning and comprehensive strate-gies in technical and operational matters, as well as manyother areas including sustainability, the environment, ac-cessibility and integrated city development. It has beenclearly demonstrated that investments in Olympic bids willgenerate positive legacies irrespective of whether a city isawarded the 2016 Games.The quality of the Candidature Files and the presentationsmade during the visits greatly assisted the Commission inassessing each city’s proposal and preparing this report.During the visits, the Commission was very pleased to meetwith the IOC members in the respective countries and withmany Olympians and Paralympians. The presence and sup-port of representatives of the highest levels of governmentand the private sector demonstrate the importance of theGames on a regional and national level and underline that,even in the context of the current global economic climate,organising the Olympic and Paralympic Games representsa catalyst for change and an opportunity for social, economicand environmental development.The Commission’s task is to prepare a technical report toassist the IOC members in the important decision ofelecting the 2016 Host City by verifying the informationprovided in the Candidature File and determining whetherthe plans proposed are feasible.The Commission carried out visits to the cities on thefollowing dates:–Chicago, United States of America: 4–7 April 2009–Tokyo, Japan: 16–19 April 2009–Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 29 April–2 May 2009–Madrid, Spain: 5–8 May 2009This report reﬂects the unanimous opinionof the Commis-sion and has been signed by its members. It takes intoconsideration all information received up until the end ofthe visit to each respective city.
Cities listed in order of drawing of lots carried out by the IOCExecutive Board on 12 December 2007.