POSTED: December 12th 2010

Grospiron quits lead role in Annecy bid to host 2018 Winter Olympics

Edgar Grospiron: bid budget concerns / Annecy 2018
Edgar Grospiron: bid budget concerns / Annecy 2018

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/PARIS, Dec 12: Edgar Grospiron has resigned as chief executive of Annecy's bid to win host rights to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games - in which the French are challenging Munich and PyeongChang.

The former Olympic moguls champion's concern over the bid's budget had become common knowledge in the past week. The issue of resources was the focus of a meeting in Paris on Friday between members of the Supervisory Board and new Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno.

Christian Monteil, president of the board and of the regional council of Haute-Savoie, confirmed that Grospiron stepped back from his front-line role after a crisis meeting on Sunday afternoon. The board had decided to increase the bid budget from €18m to €20m but this was far less than Grospiron had felt essential.

Monteil said: "This is a budget which seems responsible in terms of our public responsibilities. Edgar is not qutting the bid altogether, he remains with us but is leaving only his specific role."

In a statement, the board said it had decided "to pull out all the stops to strengthen its international promotion strategy with the ultimate aim of victory."

The statement continued: "Following a very long session, the Annecy 2018 supervisory board confirmed its ambition to pursue the French bid to host the Winter Olympic Games.

New budget

"In view of the tremendous contribution it makes to promoting the region and endorsing Olympic values, the French bid confirmed that it will be submitting its Bid Book to the IOC on January 11.

"In consultation with Jean-Claude Killy and Bernard Accoyer, the Supervisory Board has therefore drawn up a new budget now totalling €20m. Furthermore, the Supervisory Board officially acknowledged Edgar Grospiron's desire to relinquish his responsibilities as ceo, while remaining available to serve the bid."

The board meeting was attended by Sophie Dion, sports adviser to the French President, Denis Masseglia (president of the French NOC),  Gwendal Peizerat (representative of the president of the Rhône-Alpes Region), Jean-Luc Rigaut (Mayor of Annecy), Eric Fournier (Mayor of Chamonix) as well as Monteil, Grospiron and Killy.

The IOC's bid evaluation visits are due to begin in Annecy on February 9-12. The full IOC decides on the 2018 host in Durban on July 6.

Keywords · Annecy · 2018 Winter Olympics · IOC · Grospiron · Monteil · Jouanno

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