August 28 - Madrid will stage the most memorable Olympic Games in history if the Spanish capital is chosen to host the 2016 Games, Juan Antonio Samaranch junior (pictured) predicted today.
August 27 - An independent Chicago watchdog has issued a report carried out by a London company endorsing the city's controversial financial plan if it is chosen to follow London and host the 2016 Olympics.
August 27 - Olympic broadcast rights in Brazil for the 2014 and 2016 Games were today awarded to three companies in a $210 million (£129 million) deal that is seen as a boost to Rio de Janeiro's bid to host the event.
August 22 - Madrid 2016 officials are hoping that the European Grand Prix, due to take place in Valencia tomorrow, will help boost their hopes of hosting the Olympics.
By Mike Rowbottom at the Olympic Park
April 3 - President Lula of Brazil (pictured), seeking to win the 2016 Games for Rio, made an impassioned plea for the Olympic Movement to recognise the new realities of world economic power after visiting London’s site today.
February 11 - Madrid officials today delivered its candidature file to follow London and host the 2016 Olympics to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne.
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.