As what is being seen as a desperate attempt to build a positive and worthwhile relationship with Kim-Jong Il and the North Korean leadership, the International Olympic Committee broke a number of traditions and protocols today, by announcing that the 2016 summer Olympics would be held in North Korea.
The decision was not expected until October of 2009.
Specifically it is the city of Pyongyang (the capital) which will stage the full event. Traditionally the Summer Paralympics are held in the same city as the main Olympics.
However it is believed that Kim-Jong Il refused the event, in part misunderstanding the concept to be that of competing pregnant women (which he famously has an aversion to).
The cities which were still in the running to host the event are said to be livid about the situation, however the IOC have made plans to ensure that each one will be given a similarly high profile event to the Olympics.
Chicago will be hosting the "2016 American Idol finale", Madrid will be home to the "2016 Texan Chilli Beef Cook Off", and Rio will stage the "2016 Zac Efron Convention".
Finally Tokyo will host a 50 night run of concerts by the popular group "The Sugababes", believed to be the crop of the events available.