POSTED: July 15th 2010

Annecy 2018 answers IOC call for venue restructure

Fabulous Mont Blanc birthplace of the winter Games in 1924 and alpine anchor of the Annecy bid / Image: Annecy 2018
Fabulous Mont Blanc birthplace of the winter Games in 1924 and alpine anchor of the Annecy bid / Image: Annecy 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/ANNECY, July 15: The Annecy 2018 bid has undergone a facelift and is now targeting a new Olympic winter Games scheme that focuses on the areas of Annecy and Chamonix – Mont Blanc valley venues.

The International Olympic Committee executive board met in Lausanne at the headquarters last 22nd and approved the three cities vying to host the 2018 winter Olympics. PyeongChang and Munich are running against the French favorite Annecy. However the IOC imposed restrictions on Annecy to make some adjustments in their venue plan.

Bid ceo and Olympian, Edgar Grospiron, explained, “We clearly heard the IOC’s message in the report published on June 22nd. With the relevant elected officials, we’re therefore making intense efforts to adjust our concept and to optimise its compactness.”

Christian Monteil, head of the Annecy 2018 Supervisory Board and also the Haute-Savoie General Council, together with Jean-Luc Rigaut, Annecy mayor and bid co-chairman issued the following statement: “More than ever, this bid is a project that aligns with the sporting, economic and environmental ambitions of the Savoie Mont Blanc territory

Since the meeting the Annecy team went back to the drawing board to revamp the concept. New revisions comprise having all the competitions taking place in the Annecy and Chamonix Mont Blanc valley region. These two areas tighten the travels time to less than one hour between the zones either by train or motorway.

The plan foresees that Annecy will host the curling and skating events together with the biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined at the La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand venues. The Paralympic Games will also be held in the Annecy venues too.

World famous Mont Blanc, home to the first winter Olympic Games in 1924, will again feature Alpine skiing and ice hockey with bobsleigh, luge and skeleton at La Plagne.

Grospiron emphasized, “The coming weeks will be devoted to studies and to technical review, notably as to the location of the Olympic Village.

“One thing is certain, this new and simplified concept will provide everyone involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games with a unique experience, at an exceptional competition venue that is filled with history. It is in this spirit that we have all now completely mobilised whilst looking ahead to the major deadline of 11 January 2011, when we will provide our bid book to the IOC”.

The final outline for the Annecy bid must be prepared and submitted in the final bid file to the IOC in January 2011.

Keywords · Annecy 2018 · Olympic bidding · Chamonix Mont Blanc · Edgar Grospiron

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