July 31 - Rio de Janeiro's bid to follow London and host the 2016 Olympics today recived another boost when they signed signed a new R$3.5 million (£1.1 million) sponsorship deal with Banco Bradesco to help its campaign.
July 21 - Madrid 2016 has claimed today that they can stage a greener Olympics than any of its rivals because it has more sun than any of the three other candidates.
JUNE 4 - DOHA today controversially failed to make the cut for the short-list of the cities bidding for the 2016 Olympics despite being ranked above one of the four Candidate Cities chosen and equal with the favourite as insidethegames editor DUNCAN MACKAY reports from Athens.
By Duncan Mackay in Madrid
May 7 - The current financial crisis, which is affecting Spain more than most countries, will not prevent Madrid hosting a spectacular Olympics in 2016, bid officials claimed today.
By Tom Degun in Chicago
September 10 - Larry Probst (pictured) the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chairman, admitted today that plans to launch a new US Olympic Network channel had to be shelved so as not to harm Chicago’s bid for the Summer Olympics in 2016.
September 9 - Chicago City Council has today unanimously agreed to take full financial responsibility if the city is awarded the 2016 Olympics, a guarantee that officials hope will help end financial doubts that was threatening to ruin its bid.