POSTED: June 14th 2011

Annecy 2018 chief Beigbeder defies local opinion poll

The iconic city center of Annecy / lake images
The iconic city center of Annecy / lake images

Several hundred protestors showed up for the IOC evaluation commission visit / lake images
Several hundred protestors showed up for the IOC evaluation commission visit / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/ANNECY, Jun 14: Charles Beigbeder, head of the Annecy 2018 bid to host the winter Games, has issued a statement in response to a local poll that has shown low support in the city for the Games.

The ODS Radio station based in Annecy published today a survey carried out by the National Opinion Way Institute revealing lagging numbers citing that  50% of the inhabitants of Annecy are against the Olympics while only 49% support.

Annecy released just days ago their own poll carried out at the end of May citing backing for the Games: 91 % nationally, 88 % regionally and 67 % locally. As happens with a number of Olympic bids there have been persistent anti-Games activists questioning bringing the event to the area.

Charles Beigbeder, head of Annecy 2018, replied in a statement, “We are aware of the results of this survey conducted by a media organisation.

“We have also commissioned our own independent, extensive and robust
research recently which shows public support is on the rise: 67pc in
Annecy, rising to 78pc amongst the youth, the focus of Annecy's bid and the
IOC's vision.

“Our research also showed very strong support regionally, 88pc, and
nationally, 91pc.

“We believe we have a bid that will help develop Winter sports in the city,
region, nation, continent and the rest of the world. Our experience is that
a strong majority of the region and France is fully behind us and driving
the team, backed by the highest levels of government, world-class athletes
and major business, on to Durban.

“We will be doing everything we can to bring the 2018 Games to Annecy.”

Keywords · Annecy 2018 · Charles Beigbeder · Olympic bidding

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