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The Rank Outsider: Mexico City's Bid for the 1968 Olympic Games

The Rank Outsider: Mexico City's Bid for the 1968 Olympic Games The International Journal of the History of Sport Vol. 26, No. 6, May 2009, 748–763 The Rank Outsider: Mexico City’s Bid for the 1968 Olympic Games The vote to decide which city would host the summer Olympics in 1968 was made at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Baden-Baden from 16 to 20 October 1963. As the final stages of lobbying took place, speculation in the Mexican newspapers reached fever pitch. Some sounded a note of caution, reflecting that Mexico City had reached this stage on two previous occasions only to return empty- handed. Furthermore, concerns over the high altitude and Mexico’s ability to afford the games counted heavily against its chances of success. [1] Trying to second-guess which way members might vote became an integral part of the frenzied excitement. Colonial allegiances swayed African delegates towards Lyon but, surely, as one of the Spanish-speaking candidates, Mexico City could expect its fair share of support from Latin America. Striking an optimistic note, El Nacional noted that the Mexican bidding team was becoming increasingly confident that its lobbying was having an effect. Indeed, the paper took heart from a story that the wives of IOC delegates were said to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of the History of Sport Taylor & Francis

The Rank Outsider: Mexico City's Bid for the 1968 Olympic Games

International Journal of the History of Sport , Volume 26 (6): 16 – May 1, 2009
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1743-9035
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The International Journal of the History of Sport Vol. 26, No. 6, May 2009, 748–763 The Rank Outsider: Mexico City’s Bid for the 1968 Olympic Games The vote to decide which city would host the summer Olympics in 1968 was made at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Baden-Baden from 16 to 20 October 1963. As the final stages of lobbying took place, speculation in the Mexican newspapers reached fever pitch. Some sounded a note of caution, reflecting that Mexico City had reached this stage on two previous occasions only to return empty- handed. Furthermore, concerns over the high altitude and Mexico’s ability to afford the games counted heavily against its chances of success. [1] Trying to second-guess which way members might vote became an integral part of the frenzied excitement. Colonial allegiances swayed African delegates towards Lyon but, surely, as one of the Spanish-speaking candidates, Mexico City could expect its fair share of support from Latin America. Striking an optimistic note, El Nacional noted that the Mexican bidding team was becoming increasingly confident that its lobbying was having an effect. Indeed, the paper took heart from a story that the wives of IOC delegates were said to

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Published: May 1, 2009

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