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23 Oct 2008
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2016 Evaluation Commission: dates of visits to Candidate Cities

As from April 2009, the IOC Evaluation Commission will visit the four Candidate Cities bidding for the 2016 Olympic Games. The visits will be carried out by the Commission from 4 to 7 April in Chicago (USA), 16 to 19 April in Tokyo (Japan), 29 April to 2 May in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and 5 to 8 May in Madrid (Spain)*. The Commission will spend four days with each bid committee.

Key role for Evaluation Commission
Before going on the road to visit the cities, the Evaluation Commission will analyse the four Candidature Files due for submission to the IOC by 12 February 2009.  Then during the visits to each city, the Commission will check the facts and figures of the Files, before issuing a report to be distributed not later than one month before the election of the host city to all the IOC members. The report will also be made public on  
Nawal El Moutawakel heads Commission again
For the second time, after the 2012 Evaluation Commission, Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC Executive Board member and Olympic champion, will lead a team composed of representatives from the Olympic Movement and advisors: Ching-Kuo Wu (Chinese Taipei), Craig Reedie (Great Britain), Guy Drut (France), Mounir Sabet (Egypt), Alexander Popov (Russian Federation), Els van Breda Vriesman (Netherlands), Andrès Botero Phillipsbourne (Colombia), Gregory Hartung (Australia), Philippe Bovy (Switzerland), Simon Balderstone (Australia),  Etienne Thobois (France) and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli.
Host city election on 2 October 2009
The election of the host city of the 2016 Games will take place on 2 October 2009 during the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen (Denmark). The Commission Chairwoman, Nawal El Moutawakel, will present a final report before the IOC members cast their votes until one city has obtained a majority.
* The order of the visits has been established based on logistical considerations to ensure the best travel arrangements for the Commission.
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