In the presence of a room-full of journalists, and in front of the Paris 2012 Bid Committee panel, the IOC Evaluation Commission
members held a Press Conference†at the Grand Hotel to mark the closure of their
visit to Paris.
After briefly presenting her delegation fellow members, Nawal El-Moutawakel commemted on the "excellent quality of the entire†Paris
2012 presentation". She also pointed out the "exceptional quality of the competition"
composed of "five serious contenders".
Before the beginning of the question-answer session with the media, Nawal El-Moutawakel, reminded the audience of the Evaluation
Commission's role and responsibilities: "Establish a detailled technical report,
a risk analysis based on the 17 themes which make up the candidature file". "The
Commission", she underlined, "neither takes decisions nor sets any ranking".
In accordance with the International Olympic Committee rules, Nawal El-Moutawakel and her colleague, Gilbert Felli, made a case in point to
keep their responses brief on the technical points relating to the Bid Book. As
a result, the Chairwoman pointed out on a question relating to the Stade de France
Paris 2012 that to have such a stadium was "something undeniably important". To
a question on Security, she responded firmly that the Commission had received†"the
maximum of required and expected garantees".
The Commission also sought to emphasize that the strikes that marked the Olympic visit did not disrupt its examination.
"The demonstrations have not affected the Commission's work", Nawal El-Moutawakel
effectively stated. "We were also able to note a certain degree of partnership
and discussion occuring between the Bid Committee and the French trade unions".
When asked whether the Commission had felt†L'Amour des Jeux during its visit, Nawal El-Moutawakel responded positively:
"We noted that France felt, breathed and vibrated for L'Amour des Jeux". She also
congratulated French athletes and former athletes for making their mark on†sport
in France†and for their†support to the Bid.
To one of the final questions, "How would you describe this visit to Paris?"... as "A fantastic stay" she responded.
The Commission concluded its conference with Nawal El-Moutawakel declaring she was looking forward to meeting the media
in Moscow, the last of the Candidate Cities to receive the IOC Evaluation Commission,
from 14 to 17 March 2005.