POSTED: Monday April 4th 2011

Aimé Jacquet sends his support to Annecy 2018

France’s World Cup winning coach, and Apline resident, Aime Jacquet, has sent a good luck message to the Annecy 2018 Bid Team at the Sport Accord International Convention and urged the public to show their support.

The coach of the french national football team: Aimé Jacquet - Copyright : Vianney THIBAUT/ZOOM AGENCY
The coach of the french national football team: Aimé Jacquet - Copyright : Vianney THIBAUT/ZOOM AGENCY

Speaking from his home in Annecy, Aime Jacquet stated:

"Annecy is a magnificent place and the Alps a magical sporting playground recognized worldwide.  It would be the perfect setting for an authentic Games that could inspire a generation of sports fans."

"As someone born and bred in this region, and now living in Annecy, I know this area has been shaped and guided by the values of Olympism with sport a way of life for its people."

"I know every visitor to Annecy would be welcomed like a member of the family and our unique mountain spirit would be felt all over the world."

"I've been working with Annecy during this campaign and have seen how central athletes have been to the plans. Sport would always come first with Annecy 2018."

"I was fortunate enough to experience the French public coming together to help inspire our national team to victory in the 1998 FIFA World Cup."

"I believe the nation will unite again for this bid and I urge them to show their support. If we are successful it could benefit Winter Sports in France and all over the globe."

"I wish the team the best of luck at the Sport Accord conference sharing our vision of an authentic Games in the mountains, with the athletes and for the future."

Aime Jacquet is one of a group of 500 athletes to have shown his support for Annecy 2018 including Zinedine Zidane, 100 metre star, Christophe Lemaitre, and Olympic Gold medallist Marie-Josee Perec.

Annecy’s team at Sport Accord is led by Bid President, Charles Beigbeder and also includes Vice-Presidents and Olympic Champions, Jean-Pierre Vidal and Pernilla Wiberg.

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