POSTED: September 18th 2008

Nawal El Moutawakel leads on 2016

Nawal el Moutawakel: commission president / WaRaPix
Nawal el Moutawakel: commission president / WaRaPix

Special Correspondent / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: The IOC member who led the review of the 2012 Olympics bids will head the IOC commission that will study the four cities bidding for 2016.

Intriguingly, however, Moroccan Nawal El Moutawakel’s panel does not include a member of the Sport and Environment Commission at a time when “green” issues have assumed such a high profile.

All the four shortlisted bid cities have already made significant play of their environmental awareness.

The IOC announcement did state that it had yet to name a representative of the Association of National Olympic Committees as well as further “advisers,” but without specifying from which sectors.

Nawal El Moutawakel was named to the 2016 post Thursday by IOC president Jacques Rogge, along with six IOC colleagues. She will lead the commission on a series of visits to Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo in 2009.

Those visits are the only ones permitted by IOC members for the purpose of inspecting the bid cities. The report produced by El Moutawakel and her group will serve as one of the key pieces of information IOC members will use in their vote on 2016, scheduled for next year.

“The team will have the complex and exciting task to evaluate the potential of four highly capable Candidate Cities,” said El Moutawakel in an statement issued through the IOC. “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 October 2, 2009.”

Dr Rogge said: “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."

El Moutawakel became the first Moroccan to win an Olympic gold medal in the 400m at the 1984 Games. She was elected to the IOC in 1998 and to the executive board last month. She currently serves as the Minister for Sport in Morocco.

Other IOC members on the panel include: C K Wu of Chinese Taipei and president of AIBA, the International Boxing Association; 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 Breda Vriesman from the Netherlands, president of FIH, the International Hockey Federation.

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

Keywords · Nawal el Moutawakel · C K Wu · Craig Reedie · Guy Drut · Mounir Sabet · Alexander Popov · Els Van Breda · Jacques Rogge · IOC · Candidate Cities · 2016 · AIBA · FIH

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