Annecy 2018 IOC Inspection – Day Two

On day two of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Evaluation Commission’s visit of Annecy 2018, the Annecy bid team presented what it calls its “highly original concept” featuring three Olympic Villages, one of which will become for the first time ever, a “unique” Paralympic Village for the Paralympics.

The Annecy and Chamonix villages will house the athletes and the Olympic family. St. Jean de Sixt, a secondary village, will house all the Nordic events. The three villages that have been planned will have 5,100 beds, meaning that the athletes will not be more than 20 minutes away from their competition venues.

The Annecy Olympic Village, situated on a 28-hectare plot and a stone’s throw from the medals podium, will, according to Annecy 2018, ensure easy and rapid access to all the competition venues. It’s 2,500 beds will be reserved for the speed skating, short track, curling, freestyle and snowboard athletes.

The Annecy Village will also be used for athletes competing in the Paralympic Games.

Charles Beigbeder, President of Annecy 2018 said, “we are offering an innovative concept for Olympic and Paralympic Villages in the centre of Annecy and its resorts. This will mean that the entire Olympic family can enjoy the Games in the mountains and share moments of emotion with the public. Our number one priority is ensuring that the athletes enjoy the very best preparation and training conditions, which can be achieved by reducing travel time between their accommodations and their competition venues”.

Friday the commission visits the Alpine skiing and ice hockey sties before meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.