POSTED: September 2nd 2009

2016 Olympic cities praised for 'planning and strategies' by evaluation commission

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE, Sep 02: The evaluation commission charged by the IOC with assessing the proposals from all four remaining cities bidding to host the 2016 Olympic Games has published a challenging report.

Seven cities had initially submitted hosting applications with Prague (Czech Republic), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Doha (Qatar) being rejected in June last year after an assessment undertaken by a working group.

The subsequent candidacy process comprised a bid-specific seminar, participation in the Beijing Olympics observer programme plus briefings on specific topics and access to the IOC's Olympic Games knowledge management programme.

The evaluation report praised all four candidate cities for projects “of an extremely high level [with] detailed planning and comprehensive strategies in technical and operational matters, as well as many other areas including sustainability, the environment, accessibility and integrated city development.”

Seeking to justify the length, depth and expense of the process, the report added: “It has been clearly demonstrated that investments in Olympic bids will generate positive legacies irrespective of whether a city is awarded the 2016 Games.”

Overall importance

It considered the involvement of representatives of the highest levels of government and private sector as demonstrating the importance of the Games on a regional and national level and underlined their status as “a catalyst for change and an opportunity for social, economic and environmental development.”

This year’s evaluation commission visits were undertaken as follows: Chicago April 4-7, Tokyo April 16-19, Rio de Janeiro April 29-May 2 and Madrid May 5-8.

Commission make-up: Nawal El Moutawakel (chair), Gilbert Felli (Games executive directior), Simon Balderstone, Andres Botero Phillipsbourne, Phjilippe Bovy, Guy Drut, Gregory Hartung, Goran Petersson, Alexander Popov, Craig Reedie, Mounir Sabet, Etienne Thobois, Ching-Kuo Wu (Administration: Jacqueline Barrett, Mattias Kaestner, Helen Stewart)

Keywords · 2016 Olympic Games · Chicago · Madrid · Rio de Janeiro · Tokyo · evaluation commission · IOC · Copenhagen · International Olympic Committee

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