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Rio will bid to host 2016 Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro will bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) have confirmed.

COB president Carlos Arthur Nuzman announced the decision after a meeting of the organization on Friday morning.

Rio made failed bids to host the 2004 and 2012 Games and were eliminated in the first round of voting on each occasion.

Brasilia was a candidate for the 2000 Games but withdrew before the vote.

Japan have named Tokyo as their candidate while India, Spain, the United States and Italy have also expressed an interest.

Famous for its beaches, mountains and carnival, Rio's previous bids have been undone by the city's soaring crime rate, social problems, traffic and creaking road-based transport system.

South America has never hosted the Olympic Games although Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Brazil have hosted the World Cup. Rio will host the Pan-American Games next year and is building a new stadium for the event.

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