Olympic Games 2012: IOC announces composition of Evaluation Commission
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.
11 members so far
Eleven members have been appointed so far: members Nawal El MOUTAWAKEL (MAR), Chairwoman, Els van BREDA VRIESMAN (NED), Paul HENDERSON (CAN), Patrick JARVIS (CAN), Mustapha LARFAOUI (ALG), José Luis MARCO (ARG), Ser Miang NG (SIN), and Sam RAMSAMY (RSA); and experts: Simon BALDERSTONE (AUS), Philippe BOVY (SUI) and Bob ELPHINlSTON (AUS).
An athlete representative to be appointed
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.
Analysis of the reports and on-site inspections
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) 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.
Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles
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.
"Plays a key role", Rogge said
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."
Nawal El MOUTAWAKEL (MAR) - Athlete
Nawal El MOUTAWAKEL (MAR) - IOC member