Sunday, April 19, 2009

IOC Committee Finishes Evaluation of Tokyo's 2016 Bid

When the IOC evaluation committee left Chicago a couple of weeks ago, by all accounts things went well. The chairwoman of the committe, Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco, used words like "dynamic" and "vibrant" to discribe the city and bid and said she liked and understood the "vision" of the bid.

Well those words were uttered again at the end of the IOC's visit to Tokyo. Our guess is that similar words will be mentioned after Rio's and Madrid's bid as well. It's hard to read to much into these press conferences, but it's clear Chicago and Tokyo survived their IOC evaluations.

The IOC Evaluation Commission members are on to Rio April 29-May 2 and Madrid May 5-8 to inspect their cities' bids. We will see if they survive...

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