POSTED: Tuesday June 28th 2011
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ANNECY 2018 - LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
ANNECY 2018 ANOC GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND 30TH ANNIVERSARY
The Annecy 2018 delegation is in LomÃ©, Togo for the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa and to celebrate the Association's thirtieth anniversary. On Tuesday 28th June, the delegation presented its vision of authentic forward-looking Games in the heart of the mountains, designed with athletes.
Charles Beigbeder, President of Annecy 2018, Jean-Pierre Vidal, the public interest group's Vice-president and Denis Masseglia, President of the French National Olympic Committee - united, determined and confident - reminded the participants that Annecy 2018 is a carefully considered bid that has been designed to meet all the requirements of the future. The International Olympic Committee will deliver its final verdict in eight days.
Charles Beigbeder, President of Annecy 2018
Annecy wants to share its spectacular mountains, its hospitality and its passion for sport so that the 2018 Winter Games inspire the whole world, especially young people. Annecy is a bid which is open to the world and all of its peoples. It is because of these very principles that France was one of the first countries in the world to implement an international sporting cooperation policy, particularly in Africa. A long-term policy focusing on human development because we believe that sport is a key factor of economic development, a creator of social links and a way of bringing people together.
Jean-Pierre Vidal, Vice-president of Annecy 2018
Environmental concerns - the third pillar of Olympism alongside sport and education - are at the very heart of our bid. We want the Annecy 2018 Games to accelerate the transformation of our winter sport resorts so that they become more eco-friendly and make better use of the natural resources of our mountains.
Denis Masseglia, President of the French NOC
Sport and development actions, which are closely linked, are a constant preoccupation for France and its sporting movement. They go hand in hand with education and youth and are part of a global international cooperation strategy. This is why we want to create a 'Place des Nations' in Annecy in 2018, where the 205 NOCs can promote their culture and history in a unique setting. We are also planning to set up an international training centre for high-level athletes to provide them with the best of savoir-faire at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc. It goes without saying that African athletes will be very welcome. We will do our utmost to support them as we have done in the past. This centre will benefit a whole new generation of athletes and will increase the number of African athletes competing in winter sports. The centre will also provide summer sports training facilities.
ANNECY 2018 PRESS CONTACT:
Head of Media Relations - Annecy 2018 - Caroline Duboc - +33 (0)6 17 98 36 87 - email@example.com
International press: Dan Connolly - + 44 7832 126 775
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Name: Dan Connolly
Organization: Annecy 2018 Bid Committee
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