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Parisians Volunteer in Record Numbers to Support Paris 2012 during the IOC Evaluation Commission’s Visit
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The IOC Evaluation Commission’s visit to Paris has served as a call to action for hundreds of residents hoping to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in their city. A record number of Parisians of all ages, professions, and ethnic backgrounds have volunteered to help Paris 2012 host the Commission members and the world’s media.

One hundred top volunteer candidates will be selected to support the Paris 2012 team during the Commission’s visit. All selected volunteers will speak at least two languages and will assist with logistics, transportation and information services, helping to ensure that the visitors experience a variety of sporting, cultural and gastronomic treasures of Paris. The visit will take place on 8-13 March and bring more than 200 international journalists to the French capital.

Philippe Baudillon, Chief Executive Officer of Paris 2012, said: “The volunteer candidates will play an important role in ensuring that the Evaluation Commission’s visit is a success. We are delighted with the response we received from our fellow Parisians and people from outside the city. This is a true indication of the overwhelming public support for the Paris Olympic bid and the French nation’s L’Amour des Jeux”.

“We had unprecedented volunteer support during the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2003. We are confident that it will be even greater if we are awarded the honour to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the world’s most prestigious international sporting event”.

Stefano Rimbano, one of the volunteer candidates, said: “It is an honour to be selected to help with this vital part of the Paris 2012 bid. I am Italian and I know how passionately Paris and France want to host the Games. I look forward to meeting our guests from around the world and providing them with a warm welcome.”

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