The City of Annecy voted to support Annecy’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at a city council meeting Monday. The vote followed a vote by the Agglomeration Community of Annecy, which includes 13 surrounding towns.
Jean-Luc Rigaut, Mayor of Annecy, co-chairman of Annecy 2018, and president of the Agglomeration Community said, “this means that the Annecy 2018 bid has received an official guarantee that it can count on financial support from the City of Annecy and the surrounding towns. This step once again demonstrates our wholehearted desire to make our town available to host an event as exceptional as the Olympic Games in the best possible conditions”.
Edgar Grospiron, CEO of Annecy 2018 added, “this illustrates the fact that the public authorities at all level, local, departmental and regional alike, are supporting and encouraging the Annecy 2018 bid. Their commitments are a heavyweight advantage for our bid. The vote is yet another example of the enthusiasm and fervour generated by Annecy 2018”.
If Annecy is selected 2018 host city, the Haute-Savoie General Council plans to invest 160 million euros in the construction, development or renovation of the equipment needed for the 2018 Games, as well as in creating railway and road infrastructure, while the Haute-Savoie General Council and the Rhone-Alpes Region will each contribute five million euros to help prepare the 2018 Paralympic Games.