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25 February 2005, 02:08 pm
2005 Commissions Announced
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Lausanne, Switzerland

The IOC today presented its commissions for 2005. They include a number of sailors who will help guide the IOC and the Organizing Committees in their preparations for future Olympic Games.
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques ROGGE (BEL), who sailed in three Olympics from 1968-1976, announced the composition of the 24 IOC commissions. Former ISAF Presidents, Paul HENDERSON (CAN) and Peter TALLBERG (FIN) and former Vice-President Ng Ser MIANG (SIN) are joined by windsurfer and Olympic gold medallist Barbara KENDALL (NZL) and former Olympian Fernando Lima BELLO.

Paul HENDERSON and Ng Ser MIANG are both members of the 13 strong Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXX Olympiad - 2012, originally appointed by the IOC President in July 2004. It is responsible for sending a final report on the candidate cities to IOC members before they cast their vote for the 2012 Olympic host city on 6 July this year.

Members of the commission have already visited Madrid, London and most recently, New York. In March they will be visiting the two remaining candidate cities: Paris and Moscow.

Peter TALLBERG (FIN) is an honorary member of the Athletes' Commission. Also in this Commission Barbara KENDALL (NZL) will join other athletes, like swimmer Alexander POPOV (RUS) and sprinter Frank FREDERICKS (NAM), in forming a link between competitive athletes and the IOC. The Commission will also work with the Organising Committee to ensure all the athletes' needs are met during the Olympic competition.

Fernando Lima BELLO, an Olympic sailor in 1968 and 1972 and a World Champion in the Snipe in 1953, is part of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.

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