Sir Craig Reedie to Spearhead 2020 Olympic Bid Commission

By Community | September 6, 2012

IOC vice president, prostate Sir Craig Reedie will be heading the Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Olympics.

Reedie will be joined by IOC colleagues Guy Drut of France, denture Frank Fredericks of Namibia, Nat Indrapana of Thailand, Claudia Bokel of Germany (representing the Athletes’ Commission), Pat McQuaid of Ireland (representing the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations) and Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli of Switzerland as well as Eduardo Palomo of El Salvador (representing the Association of National Olympic Committees) and Andrew Parsons (representing the International Paralympic Committee).

Joining the Commission will be IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi and IOC Head of Bid City Relations Jacqueline Barrett, as well as a number of advisors, still to be appointed. 

Commenting on the membership of the Commission, IOC President Jacques Rogge said, “We’ve assembled a strong and highly knowledgeable group of individuals led by the experienced Sir Craig Reedie, who knows as well as anybody what it takes to host a sustainable, well-organised and ultimately successful Olympic Games. The three 2020 Candidate Cities will all benefit greatly from their interactions with the Commission.” 

Sir Craig Reedie said: “I am honoured to have been chosen as head of the 2020 Evaluation Commission, which brings with it a wide range of experience and represents all facets of the Olympic Movement, in particular the athletes. I look forward to working with my fellow Commission members and the three Candidate Cities in the run-up to next September’s election.” 

The 2020 Candidate Cities, which all recently took part in the IOC’s Observer Programme during the London 2012 Olympic Games and will also participate in the London 2012 Debriefing in November in Rio de Janeiro, have until 7 January 2013 to submit their Candidature Files to the IOC. 

After an analysis of these files, the Commission will visit each city and spend four full days with each bid team. Together they will examine the 14 themes of the IOC’s candidature questionnaire, which includes topics such as vision and legacy, transport, accommodation, finance and environment, and visit the competition and non-competition sites and venues proposed in the bid. 

The visit dates, based on logistical considerations and not the official order of drawing of lots, will be as follows: 

4 – 7 March 2013

Tokyo

18 – 21 March 2013

Madrid

24 – 27 March 2013

Istanbul

Around these official visit dates, the Commission will also hold a number of private meetings to prepare for and follow up on each visit.