September 27, 2009 --
Just five days to go before the 2016 Summer Olympic host city is announced, a report indicates that Brazil's Rio de Janeiro has taken a narrow lead over Chicago. The independent Olympic publication Around the Rings
compiled the rankings and gave Rio a score of 84, just one point ahead of Chicago's 83.
Other candidate cities Madrid and Tokyo are tied at 80.
Around the Rings ranked the cities on 11 categories, such as public support, security and venue plans.
The publication says Rio's two leading factors may be the appeal of the first ever Games in South America and the strength of the bid effort.