Moroccan To Head 2016 Evaluation Team
Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games will be evaluated by an International Olympic Committee team led by Moroccan gold medal winner Nawal El Moutawakel, who also chaired the IOC's 2012 Evaluation Commission.
El Moutawakel, the IOC's highest ranking woman, won her Olympic gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, but during her previous tenure on the evaluation commission, New York City finished in fourth place--a huge disappointment for the U.S. Olympic Committee--in the race for the 2012 Games. London topped Paris in a close final vote.
El Moutawakel's evaluation team will visit each of the contending cities--which besides Chicago include Tokyo, Japan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Madrid, Spain--and analyze reports each submits to the IOC by next February 12. The commission will then issue a technical appraisal for IOC members one month before the host city selection on Oct. 2 2009 in Copenhagen.
The other members of the evaluation team include: Gilbert Felli, Switzerland; Ching Kuo Wu, Chinese Taipei; Craig Reedie, Great Britain; Guy Drut, France; Mounir Sabet, Egypt; Alexander Popov, Russia; Els van Breda Vriesman, Netherlands; Gregory Hartung, Australia.
"I feel privileged to chair for the second time an Evaluation Commission and am grateful to the IOC President [Jacques Rogge] for his trust and support," El Moutawakel said in an IOC press release. "The team will have the complex and exciting task to evaluate the potential of four highly capable Candidate Cities. Our role will be to assess their technical capabilities in a transparent and neutral way in order to provide IOC members with the information they need to guide their choice on 2 October 2009. I rely on the valuable experience of my colleagues and look forward to taking on this challenge."
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