POSTED: Thursday April 7th 2011

Arsene Wenger with athletes at Annecy 2018 presentation

Arsenal FC Manager Arsene Wenger was at the SportAccord Convention in London today to support Annecy 2018, the French Bid for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

At the convention he watched Annecy 2018 present its vision of "an authentic Games in the heart of the mountains, with the athletes and for the future."

Wenger, who has won league titles in both France and England, commented:

"I am pleased to have been at Sport Accord today to support Annecy 2018 as I think the French Alps would host a spectacular festival of Winter Sports. 

"The Alps are recognized all over the world so Annecy 2018 would provide a perfect platform to raise the profile of winter sports everywhere and inspire a new generation of youngsters.

"When I was managing Monaco in the French league I would take them to Annecy to train so I know it is an area of incredible natural beauty and sporting heritage. 

"I also know athletes have been centrally involved with their plans and that is important as it means the competitors can perform at their best and spectators get to watch the best contest.

"Sport is a way of life in the region and every visitor to a Winter Games there would feel the special mountain spirit of its people.  I'm fully behind Annecy's campaign for the 2018 Winter and Paralympic Games and I'm sure the support of France's passionate sporting public will drive the team on in the final phase of the campaign."

Arsene Wenger is one of a group of 500 athletes to have shown his support for Annecy 2018 including Zinezine Zidane, 100 metre star, Christophe Lemaitre, and Olympic Gold medallist Marie Jose Perec.

More information on Annecy's Bid for the 2018 Winter and Paralympic Games can be found at

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