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13 Sep 2002
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IOC President appoints Gerhard Heiberg Chairman of the Evaluation Commission for the 2010 Olympic Games

Gerhard Heiberg, IOC Member in Norway and President of the Lillehammer Olympic Organising Committee which staged the Olympic Winter Games in 1994, will head the team evaluating Candidate Cities for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, following a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Dr Jacques Rogge, to appoint him Chairman of the Evaluation Commission.

Heiberg will chair the Evaluation Commission composed of external experts and representatives of the IOC, National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and athletes tasked with conducting an on-the-ground analysis of the four candidate cities: Vancouver (CAN), Salzburg (AUT), Pyeongchang (KOR) and Bern (SUI)1, between mid-February and mid-March 2003. The composition of the Commission will be decided by the IOC President in the next few weeks. The Commission will make a report of its findings and present this to the IOC Members two months before the election of the host city by the full IOC membership at the 115th IOC Session in Prague, in July 2003.

Delegations from the four Candidate Cities are today completing a five-day seminar in Lausanne. This seminar is a new initiative from the IOC, designed to help the Candidate Cities by providing them with information as they prepare their candidature files, due for submission by 10 January 2003.

1 Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots.

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