Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions section was created to easily clarify the main subjects concerning the Rio 2016 Games.

  • 1. Who chose Rio to host 2016 Games?

    Rio de Janeiro was awarded the right to host 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games by the 121st Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the general assembly of this body, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009. Rio won the final round of voting by 66 votes against the 32 votes given to Madrid, the other finalist.

    The result of all the rounds of voting was the following:

    Rounds of voting123
    Rio de Janeiro264666
    Madrid282932
    Tokyo2220 
    Chicago18