At the 96th session of the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo in September 1990, delegates voted in the final round for Atlanta to host the 1996 Olympic Games. The other candidate cities were Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto.
Atlanta’s bid to host the XXVI Olympiad began in 1987 and at first was considered a long shot as the USA had hosted the Games only 12 years previously in Los Angeles. Athens, which made it to the final round of voting at the IOC session, bid for the Games for sentimental reasons, as this was to be the 100th anniversary of the first Olympic Games of the modern era which were held in Athens in 1896. The 1996 Games were unofficially known as the Centennial Games.