POSTED: February 6th 2011

Killy insists he and Drut are right behind Annecy bid to land 2018 Games

Jean-Claude Killy: Olympic gold medallist and IOC member / lake images
Jean-Claude Killy: Olympic gold medallist and IOC member / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/ANNECY: Days before the IOC evaluation commission rolls up in the French Alps, Jean-Claude Killy has hit back at ongoing speculation in the French media about his commitment to Annecy's bid to win host rights to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Killy, triple gold-medallist and now a member of the International Olympic Committee, underlined his support in a public statement through French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré. He insisted: “There’s no mistake with Annecy . . . the bid book is absolutely right for the market and is risk-free."

Annecy has revamped the bid leadership and raised the resources to increase its budget and communications effort. Killy described the new leadership, under president Charles Beigbeder, as “far more legitimate” and praised the increased status within the bid effort of vice-presidents Pernilla Wiberg and Jean-Pierre Vidal.

He said: “It’s great to have athletes who have climbed to the top of the ladder, whose voices carry plenty of weight.”

Killy also reaffirmed the total commitment of both himself and fellow French IOC member Guy Drut. He said: "We are both here to provide help and support in our own fields. I’ve been here since day one, behind the scenes, but effective . . . we can organise spectacular Winter Games. Chamonix, La Clusaz, Le Grand-Bornand, and Annecy a - stone's throw from Geneva - speak for themselves."

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