IOC names evaluation team

September 18, 2008 8:29:34 AM PDT
The woman who led the search for a host city for the 2012 Olympics will do the same for 2016, according to the IOC.Nawal el Moutawakel, who won gold in the 400m at the 1984 games, has been on the IOC since 1998. The Moroccan was named to the post Thursday by IOC President Jacques Rogge, along with six IOC colleagues.

Moutawakel will lead the commission on a series of visits to Chicago, Madrid, Rio and Tokyo in 2009 to evaluate the bid cities competing for the 2016 Summer Games. Her team will then report back to the IOC and that information will factor into the vote, which is scheduled for next year.

"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," said El Moutawakel in an statement from the IOC.

"We have here a professional team with a wide range of knowledge and experience. I would like to thank Nawal El Moutawakel for accepting to lead it. Nawal did an excellent job as chairwoman of the Evaluation Commission of the 2012 Candidate Cities. As an Olympic champion, a newly elected member of the IOC Executive Board and Sports Minister in Morocco she will bring an invaluable contribution to the Commission," said the IOC President in a statement.

El Moutawakel was the first Moroccan to win a gold medal in the Olympics. She currently serves as the Minister for Sport in Morocco.

Her team is made up of: C.K. Wu of Chinese Taipei and president of AIBA, the international boxing federation; Craig Reedie of Great Britain; Guy Drut of France; Mounir Sabet from Egypt; Alexander Popov of Russia, a member of the IOC Athletes Commission and Els Van Breeda from the Netherlands, president of FIH, the international federation for field hockey.

Dates of the visits to the cities have not been announced but are expected from April to May next year.


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