IOC announces Composition of Evaluation Commission for 2012 Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the composition of the Evaluation Commission which will visit the five Candidate Cities to host the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012. The team, composed of representatives of the Olympic Movement and experts, will analyse the candidature files that Paris (FRA), New York (USA), Moscow (RUS), London (GBR), and Madrid (ESP)1 will have submitted to the IOC by 15 November 2004, and make inspections on site before issuing a report one month before the election of the host city in Singapore on 6 July 2005.
|Chairwoman||Mrs Nawal EL MOUTAWAKEL (MAR)|
|Members||Mrs Els van BREDA VRIESMAN (NED)|
Mr Paul HENDERSON (CAN)
Mr Patrick JARVIS (CAN)
Mr Mustapha LARFAOUI (ALG)
Mr José Luis MARCO (ARG)
Mr Ser Miang NG (SIN)
Mr Sam RAMSAMY (RSA)
|Experts||Mr Simon BALDERSTONE|
Mr Philippe BOVY (SUI)
Mr Bob ELPHINSTON (AUS)
An athlete representative will be appointed following the elections to the IOC Athletes' Commission to be held during the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens this summer.
Commenting on the announcement, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: "The Evaluation Commission plays a key role in assessing the Candidate Cities' ability to host the Olympic Games. We have here an excellent team, and I am particularly pleased that Nawal El Moutawakel has accepted to lead it. As a former Olympic champion, she has a great knowledge of the Olympic Games and what it takes to organise them. The experience that she has gained from working closely with the Moroccan government in promoting sport, as a member of the IAAF Council and as a member of numerous IOC commissions will be real assets to the Evaluation Commission."
 Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots.
Note to the editor: Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, Nawal El Moutawakel was the first woman from an Islamic nation to win an Olympic medal and the first Moroccan athlete to win a gold medal. Her outstanding sporting career and her dedication to sport led her to become a member of the IAAF Council in 1995; Secretary of State, responsible for Youth and Sport, to the Minister of Social Affairs in Morocco in 1997; and an IOC member in 1998.