121st IOC Session

Logo of the 121st IOC Session.

The 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session was held on October 1–9, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, during which Rio de Janeiro was selected as the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] The city of Copenhagen was chosen on February 8, 2006 by the 118th IOC Session held in Turin, Italy to stage the 13th Olympic Congress, together with the meetings of the Executive Board and the 121st IOC Session.[1] The other candidates were Athens (Greece), Busan (South Korea), Cairo (Egypt), Riga (Latvia), Singapore (Singapore), Taipei (Chinese Taipei).[1] Convened on the initiative of President Jacques Rogge, the 13th Olympic Congress brought together all the constituent parties of the Olympic Movement to study and discuss the current functioning of the Movement and define the main development axes for the future.[1]

The programme for the meeting was:[2]

The Bella Center was the location used for the IOC Session & Olympic Congress

2016 Olympic host city election[]

On October 2, 2009, the IOC voted to elect the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de Janeiro was elected host city after three rounds of voting. This was Rio's fourth bid for the Olympic Games.

New sports[]

The Session decided to add Rugby Sevens and Golf to the Rio 2016 program.[3] The tally for rugby was 81 in favor, with 8 against,[4] and golf was approved 63–26.[5] Neither sport is new to the Olympics — rugby was last featured at the Olympics in 1924, and golf in 1904.

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  1. ^ a b c d Copenhagen elected as host city for the 13th Olympic Congress in 2009, Turin, Italy: International Olympic Committee, 2006-02-08, retrieved February 18, 2009
  2. ^ "Programme for the 121st IOC Session and XIII Olympic Congress" (Press release). National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  3. ^ "121st IOC Session: some much awaited decisions" Archived 2015-05-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "History of Rugby in the Olympics".
  5. ^ "Golf receives final approval, will be part of 2016 Olympics".

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