POSTED: June 29th 2010

French Prime Minister Fillon honors Annecy 2018 bid team

Annecy bid team and government present a united front / Image: Annecy 2018
Annecy bid team and government present a united front / Image: Annecy 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/ANNECY, June 29: French prime minister François Fillon invited the Annecy bid committee and staff, athletes, partners and mayors to a reception in his headquarters at Matignon to commemorate the new candidate status.

Prime Minister Fillon also reiterated President Nicolas Sarkozy’s support for the bid and was joined by Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Health and Sports, Rama Yade, Sports Secretary of State, Bernard Accoyer, President of the National Assembly, and other French government members. Fillon made a point to emphasize the French government’s unconditional support behind the bid.

This meeting was following the Annecy 2018 team’s return from the IOC headquarters last week when the executive board rubber stamped the three cities as official candidate cites in the race for the 2018 winter Games. The bid also organized Olympic Day festivities on June 23rd around Lake Annecy for an excited crowd who came out to celebrate the Olympic spirit. 

“We accept this challenge with much pride”, said Edgar Grospiron, CEO of Annecy 2018 and Olympic Champion. “We are confident in the number of exceptional venues our region has to offer and will soon present a new project concentrating the sites. We have a great project and a team that will make it happen! ”

“We have our government backing us and also an incredible support from the general public. Only last Wednesday, over 30,000 people joined us on the edge of lake Annecy to celebrate the Candidate City status. All this positive energy will boost our bid and send us sailing down the home stretch and over the finish line!”

Annecy is in the running to host the 2018 winter Olympics against Asian candidate PyeongChang and fellow European competitor Munich. The final vote will take place in Durban, South Africa in July of 2011 at the IOC session.

Keywords · Annecy 2018 · Olympic bids · Francois Fillon · Nicolas Sarkozy

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