POSTED: Thursday March 10th 2011


Chantal Jouanno, Pernilla Wiberg and Katarina Witt at Global Sports Forum - Barcelona
Chantal Jouanno, Pernilla Wiberg and Katarina Witt at Global Sports Forum - Barcelona

French Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno and Annecy 2018 Vice-President Pernilla Wiberg were in Barcelona, today, for the Global Sports Forum where they took part in a discussion on 'Women who Make a Difference in Sport.' Their contribution to the Forum is part of Annecy's ongoing international promotion of its bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ms Jouanno, who is a former Karate champion, and Ms Wiberg, two-time Olympic skiing champion, were joined in the debate by Katarina Witt, Olympic medalist and President of Munich's bid for the 2018 Winter Games. Other notable speakers included: former American World-Cup winning soccer player, Mia Hamm; CEO of IFNA Netball, Urvasi Naidoo (UK); British sailor Sam Davies; and double-Olympic-gold swimmer, Donna De Varona (USA).

Annecy 2018 Vice-President, Pernilla Wiberg commented: "I always enjoy meeting with women who have pushed the boundaries in their sports and we had a fantastic debate amongst a group of champions today.  The influence of females in sport is continuing to grow and that can only be a good thing.

"This visit also gives me the opportunity to share the vision for Annecy 2018 with people from around the world.  We are listening and learning all the time as we want to give ourselves the best possible chance to share the authentic mountains of the Alps with the sporting world in 2018."

Charles Beigbeder, Annecy 2018 President, who is planning to travel extensively on behalf of the bid, is due to attend the Global Sports Forum on Friday 11th March.

Annecy, Munich and Pyeongchang are all bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.  The final decision on the hosts will be made at the 123rd IOC congress in Durban on July 6th.

Full details from the debate can be found at

More information on Annecy 2018 can be found at

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