(London) – The three bids for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games presented to SportAccord delegates Thursday – an audience that included members of the IOC and International Sport Federations.
Annecy CEO Charles Beigbeder told reporters at a following press conference that SportAccord was a valuable learning experience for him. Beigbeder was appointed President in January this year after Edgar Grospiron resigned.
“I’ve met numerous people, experts, and tried to get their advice,” he said.
“I know what we have to do now in Lausanne.”
The three bids will present once again to the IOC at a meeting in Lausanne in May.
“I think now that Annecy can win; we are in it to win.”
Beigbeder said that Annecy possesses all of what is needed to win the bid from venues to support.
“Now it has to be prioritized and structured for Lausanne.
“We have to make a difference and the Lausanne presentation will be crucial to us.”
Meanwhile, Munich’s bid fielded question from reporters about an upcoming Olympic referendum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen fuelled by opponents who are concerned about the environmental impact the Games would have in the region.
Munich’s Mayor Christian Ude said “it was my proposal to have a referendum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to finish the debate. We are sure there will be a large majority for the bid.”
DOSB President Thomas Bach added “this has not been discussed by the IOC.”
The press conference panel skirted questions asking about the level of support that will be required from the referendum, a critical issue should the results be unfavourable.
PyeongChang announced the aggressive new program “Drive the Dream” to further develop winter sports in Korea and to retain the nation’s top-five Winter Sport standing. $500 million will be invested between 2012 and 2018 to help build new facilities and to identify and nurture elite athletes.
The three bids will travel to Lausanne to present to the IOC on May 18. The final election will be held July 6 in Durban, South Africa.