POSTED: April 10th 2011

Updated: Annecy 2018 deputy director general Herve Madore resigns

A vision of the potential alpine skiing stadia area in the Chamonix Mont Blanc cluster / Annecy 2018
A vision of the potential alpine skiing stadia area in the Chamonix Mont Blanc cluster / Annecy 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/PARIS, Apr 10: With just three months to the decisive vote in Durban for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Annecy's deputy director general Herve Madore has left the bid.

As noted in French press sources and RMCSport, Madore was dealing with operational administrative duties and cites internal conflicts as the cause of  his resignation. The news came just as the bid team were in London at SportAccord for key presentations to the Olympic Family.

He has served as a pillar of the bid since the early stages of this project and his background as sport adviser of former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and technical director of the French Canoe-Kayak Federation brought serious experience to the plan.

Madore had recently joined IOC member Guy Drut at the new international office set up in Paris to promote French sports. His was the second key resignation with the French campaign since last December when Edgar Grospiron left his post as head of the bid.

The resignation contrasts with the positive words surrounding Annecy's presentation this past week in London at SportAccord.

Charles Beigbeder, the bid ceo, had spoken afterwards of how France “wants to be back in Olympism . . . to reunite our rich mountain heritage with the power of the Games and use it to make it a blueprint for winter sports of the future.”

Beigbeder, explaining the absence from the presentation line-up of French IOC member Jean-Claude Killy, had said: “Jean-Claude is close to us and is supportive of our plans. It’s just that he had long-standing commitments. He was very sorry not to be in London.”

Killy, he added, would be present in Lausanne on May 18-19 for the presentation to the IOC.

Annecy 2018 released this statement:

"Annecy 2018 confirms Herve Madore has decided to leave his position as Deputy Director General of the bid to move on to a new opportunity with the Ministry of Sport.

"Our President, Charles Beigbeder and the rest of the team are all enormously grateful for the contributions he has made to the bid; particularly in leading the production of our excellent bid book.

"We wish him well in his new position and thank him for the role he has played in helping us develop a bid we believe can win the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games."

"We have a committed and talented team in place who can deliver in every area required in the final phase of our campaign. We will continue to do everything we can to make this bid a success."

The vote for the 2018 winter Olympic Games takes place on July 6 in Durban, South Africa at the IOC session. Annecy is competing against PyeongChang and Munich.

Keywords · Annecy 2018 · Olympic bidding · Herve Madore · Guy Drut

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