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The Quad awarded 2020 Olympic Games

BUENOS AIRES— At a press conference following the conclusion of the 125th annual session of the International Olympic Committee, outgoing IOC President Jacques Rogge announced that the 2020 Summer Olympiad had been awarded to the Radcliffe Quadrangle. Rogge, who in his tenure has seen Summer Games awarded to cities as diverse as Rio de Janiero and Beijing, said that the sporting body’s decision to choose the Quad as an Olympic venue would cement the “quirky” legacy of his presidency.

Quad residents celebrated the unexpected decision with a flash mob in front of the SOCH and an early morning raid on the Adams dining hall. The Quad, which beat out rivals Istanbul, Madrid, and Tokyo during three heated rounds of voting, has bid for the Olympics before—losing to Melbourne to be the host of the 1956 Games back in 1949.

Already, some in the sporting community are expressing skepticism towards the IOC’s decision. Hasan Arat, the chairman of Istanbul’s bid, complained that the Quad had neither the financial resources nor the parking space to host an international sporting event. Vietnamese racewalker Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc remarked that the location seemed “too far away.”

Despite the negative reactions, and the delay caused by the discovery of a massive gravesite beneath the yard, Quad officials seem confident that event venues will be completed on schedule. Renovations to the SOCH’s underutilized gymnastics facility are on track to be completed by the end of 2013, and Cabot residents have volunteered their house to be demolished to make room for the aquatics facility.

Spokesmen for the Japanese and Spanish Olympic Committees were unavailable for comment on the failure of their bids. A representative for the US Olympic Committee, which did not make a bid for the 2020 games, congratulated the Quad and explained that the United States remains interested in a bid for the 2024 Olympiad.

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