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
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.”