ATHENS, Greece (AP) Chicago was among four cities picked as finalists Wednesday for the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting the stage for a high-profile bidding contest between candidates from the United States, Europe and Asia.
Also making the IOC shortlist were Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Eliminated from the race were Doha, Qatar; Prague, Czech Republic, and Baku, Azerbaijan.
The final field was selected by the International Olympic Committee executive board.
The big four Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio all virtually were assured of advancing to the final stage. The main issue had been whether Doha also would make the cut.
"It's a very competitive field," Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said. "The competition begins now."