POSTED: November 11th 2010
NewsUpdate

France strengthening Chinese sports alliances at Asiad

Bernard Lapasset, International Rugby Board Chairman and Edgar Grospiron Olympic Champion and Annecy 2018 CEO at their arrival in Guangzhou, China / Annecy 2018
Bernard Lapasset, International Rugby Board Chairman and Edgar Grospiron Olympic Champion and Annecy 2018 CEO at their arrival in Guangzhou, China / Annecy 2018

The Chinese foil fencing team / Annecy 2018
The Chinese foil fencing team / Annecy 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/GUANGZHOU, Nov 11: The Annecy 2018 bid team is reinforcing ties between China and France at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)'s General Assembly taking place in Guangzhou. The 2018 bids are all making presentations at the key OCA General Assembly reaching out to 45 NOCs and their relative IOC members.

This marks the second important presentation in the bid cycle building up to the consignment of the bid books in January and the IOC evaluation commission visits starting in February.

Edgar Grospiron said:  "The OCA General Assembly is a key milestone for Annecy 2018. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to visit Guangzhou and share our vision and passion with the Asian Olympic Family. The fervour of the people here on the eve of the 16th Asian Games demonstrates the ever-growing love for sport in China following the Beijing 2008 Games.”

The French bid also gained strong support today from the Chinese foil fencing team who just won the World title at the Paris 2010 Fencing World Championships.

Huang Liang Cai spoke out on behalf of his Chinese team mates: “We are thrilled to be here in Paris for the 2010 Fencing World Championships especially in light of the fact that the Annecy 2018 delegation is present in Guangzhou to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Asian Games. China and France share a long standing friendship and commitment to the Olympic sports movement and we are very happy to have the opportunity to express our support for the French bid to host the 2018 Winter Games.

“France has a reputable expertise in organizing international sport events and we are confident they will offer the world a magnificent and memorable experience in the heart of the French Alps in 2018.”

Grospiron added: “Sport has the power to unite nations and we are proud to share this same passion. Emotion is very high today in Guangzhou as China is about to hold the biggest Asian Games in history. With more than 10,000 athletes participating, this competition is one of the most important sport events worldwide.”

The 16th Asian Games will open this weekend in Guangzhou and will host 476 events totaling 3,989 medals.


Keywords · Annecy 2018 · Asiad · OCA · Olympic bidding


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