POSTED: February 4th 2011

Annecy powers up for IOC evaluation test with new money and expertise

Annecy's new team explain their new strategy / Annecy2018
Annecy's new team explain their new strategy / Annecy2018

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/ANNECY, Feb 04: With perfect timing, ahead of next week's crucial IOC visit, Annecy 2018's bid team has stepped up its Winter Games campaign with an expanded, E21m budget and strengthened international communications team.

Beigbeder, French Olympic committee chairman Denis Masseglia and bid vice-president and Olympic champion Jean-Pierre Vidal confirmed the increase in the bid budget from E18m thanks to new support from the Caisse des Dépôts and the French National Centre for Sports Development.

Beigbeder said: "We are now making real strides which which have won over leading French companies. Our new budget means we will drive home a solid bid, all the way to the decision in Durban on July 6."

Annecy is in competition with PyeongChang and Munich, but Vidal insisted: "Charles brings his expertise in international project team management and, as vice-presidents of the bid, my fellow Olympic champion Pernilla Wiberg and I ensure that the Annecy 2018 concept is completely athlete-oriented.

Drut and Killy on board

"Last but not  least - and this is a major change - Guy Drut and Jean-Claude Killy, the two French IOC members, are now full members of the bid’s executive board. It’s highly symbolic of their commitment and their desire to support us in our relations with the Olympic Movement."

Helping drive the bid forward over the final five-month stretch are British promotions specialist Andrew Craig - whose past projects include the successful Vancouver, London and Sochi bids - and Nick Varley, another veteran of London’s winning bid team.

Masséglia said: "An Olympic bid has to be run like a great athlete’s career, with hard work and concentration in order to successfully complete one step at a time. That’s Annecy’s strategy, and I share it.

"The first step will be convincing the members of the evaluation commission. The next step will be succeeding at the major international events . . . and the final step will be winning in Durban."

Keywords · Annecy 2018 · IOC · Beigbeder · evaluation commission

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