Summer Olympics

Italy already planning bid for 2020 Olympics

By Duncan Mackay in Copenhagen

October 3 - Italy believes Rio de Janeiro's selection as the 2016 Olympics host has given it an opportunity to host the 2020 Games, with Rome and Venice both announcing plans to bid less than a day after the Brazilian city's stunning victory here last night.

President Lula: Defeat for Rio 2016 is unthinkable

By Mike Rowbottom in Copenhagen

October 1 - The Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (pictured), today personified the Rio 2016 bid’s rubric of "Live your passion" here as he insisted that South America was ready to host its first Olympics – and not next time, but this time.

Chicago narrowly ahead in insidethegames poll

October 1 - An exclusive poll to find out which city should host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games conducted by, which is read by the key decision makers and opinion-formers from around the world, has closed with Chicago narrowly ahead of Rio de Janeiro.