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The starter fires the starting pistol in the Men's 100m Final at the National Stadium on at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China.

The International Olympic Committee today awarded NBC Universal the broadcast rights in the US for the Olympic Summer and Winter Games until 2020.

Athletes in the Women's Elite race start the swim leg during the ITU World Championship triathlon on April 10, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

Triathlon Australia and AIS National Head Coach Shaun Stephens has today welcomed the International Triathlon Union’s inclusion of the World Sprint and Teams Championships onto this year’s ITU World Championship Series.

Rio de Janeiro unveiled its 2016 Olympics logo before more than one million New Year's revellers on Copacabana beach on Friday, just before midnight. The flowing symbol resembles three figures - orange, green and blue - embraced at the arms and in a flowing dance.

Delegates from the Rio 2016 Olympic bid celebrate when they are short-listed in 2008. They are up against Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid for the October vote.

IOC President Jacques Rogge has praised Rio de Janeiro's preparations for hosting the 2016 Games. Visiting the Brazilian city on Wednesday to help lay the cornerstone for the future Olympic Village, the head of the International Olympic Committee says he's proud of what has been accomplished so far.

John Coates at the IOC Session in Copenhagen where he was elected to the IOC Executive Board.

AOC President John Coates has been appointed to the IOC Co-ordination Commission for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Rio - Let the party begin

3 October 2009
Crowd gather to celebrate the International Olympic Committee's announcement of Rio de Janeiro as the 2016 Olympic host, at Copacabana Beach, on October 2, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Rio overthrew Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

While still stunned by the early exit of Chicago the mood at the IOC Session in Copenhagen is “let the carnival begin” for Rio.

Brazilian athlete Barbara Leoncio gestures with Brazilian Minister of Sport Orlando Silva at a press conference after the Rio 2016 presentation on October 2, 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rio went on to win the crucial vote.

Chicago's shock firsat round exit and the overwhelming win by Rio made it a fascinating vote. See the actual numbers and the reactions here.

Hotels at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro officials announced on Monday the city's hotels are planning to make available nearly 2,000 additional rooms for the 2016 Olympics,

Delegates from the Rio 2016 Olympic bid celebrate when they are short-listed in 2008. They are up against Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid for the October vote.

Rio Janeiro and Chicago's chances of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games have received a boost after they appeared to edge ahead in the technical evaluation of the four candidates.

A ferris wheel in Rio de Janeiro. The tagline of the 2016 Olympic bid is 'Live Your Passion'.

Rio de Janeiro's bid to become the first South American city to host the Olympics is gathering momentum, a source close to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told AFP on Thursday.

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