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"A Fantastic Stay"

The IOC Evaluation Commission concluded its four day visit in Paris with a press conference. Whilst still preserving the required degree of neutrality and reserve, Nawal El-Moutawakel ,the Chairwoman of the delegation, emphasized the "exceptional quality" of the work carried out by the Paris 2012 Bid Committee.

Nawal El-Moutawakel with Gilbert Felli and Sam Ramsamy, during the IOC press conference.
(© J. Millet - Paris 2012)
- The 117th IOC Session
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.
Paris 2012†"serene, resolute and determined"

The Bid Committee organised a press conference following that of the IOC Evaluation Commission.

For Bertrand DelanoŽ, Mayor of Paris and President of Paris 2012: "Paris 2012's state of mind is serene, resolute and determnined" at the end of this four-day examination.

For Jean-Francois Lamour, Minister of Sports, Youth and Association: "The three key pillars of our concept presented orally were demonstrated in the field: a compact concept, political consensus and strong support of the French population. Although it is best to be cautious, I believe we are on the right track."

For Jean-Paul Huchon, President of Ile-de-France Region: "There were no hitches. We were able to answer with precision all of the 220 questions asked".

For Philippe Baudillon, Paris 2012 Chief Executive Officer: "I very much appreciated Nawal El-Moutawakel referring to the "professionalism" of our bid."

For David Douillet, Olympic Champion : "I am delighted the Commission understood that our Bid is centred around athletes."
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