Times Colonist

Chicago among four finalists for 2016 Olympics

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NEW YORK — Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo made the final list to host the 2016 Olympics, the Internatio­nal Olympic Committee said yesterday. Tokyo and Madrid scored highest in a preliminar­y grading.

Bids from Prague, Qatari capital Doha, and Baku in Azerbaijan were rejected by the IOC, which announced its decision after a meeting in Athens. Olympic committee members will choose the winner on Oct. 2, 2009, in Copenhagen.

Tokyo and Madrid were rated above the other two finalists in categories including infrastruc­ture, sports venues and transport in a working group report released by the IOC.

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