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CGF Evaluation Commission to visit Gold Coast and Hambantota
Saturday, 18 June 2011
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Evaluation Commission will start the formal process of inspecting the bids of the two cities seeking to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games when it visits the Gold Coast in Australia next Monday, June 20.
The Commission, chaired by CGF Honorary Secretary, Louise Martin, will then travel to Sri Lanka to evaluate the bid of Hambantota on June 27.
The Commission will spend four days in each city to inspect all the proposed competition and principal non-competition sites, as well as conducting a series of detailed meetings to look at all aspects of the candidature.
Martin was heavily involved in the work of the 2014 Evaluation Commission, but was then on the other side of the process, chairing the ultimately success bid that won the Games for Glasgow.
"Our job is to produce a technical report that examines each city against Games requirements, It does not seek to inform CGF members about other factors which they may take into account when determining who they would prefer to host the Games."
"At the end of the day, it is the 71 nations and territories that make up the Federation that will decide which city is awarded the 2018 Games when they vote at their General Assembly in St Kitts and Nevis on November 11," Martin said.
"The Evaluation Commission does not set out to make a direct comparison between the two cities, but rather we look to determine the merits or otherwise of each bid proposition and ultimately highlight any issues and risks which may arise set against Games requirements as set out within the Candidate City Manual."
"Each city has already lodged their formal bid document in Kuala Lumpur in May. The Evaluation Commission has studied these and completed a preliminary desktop review and this visit allows us to seek clarification on a number of issues from both Candidate Cities."
"We naturally take great care to treat all information fairly and to ensure that each city is dealt with in a balanced and equitable manner."
"We are very fortunate to have two highly committed bid organisations looking to host the Commonwealth's best athletes in 2018."
Other members of the CGF Evaluation Commission are Mr Gideon Sam, President South Africa Sports Confederation and National Olympic Committee, Mr Erskine Simmons, Secretary General Barbados Olympic Committee, Mr Andrew Ryan, Executive Director, ASOIF, and Mr Mike Hooper, CGF CEO.
The report from the CGF Evaluation Commission will be published in September 2011.