Edgar Grospiron, CEO of Annecy 2018, presented the numerous benefits of Annecy 2018’s bid Saturday to the members of the Asian national Olympic Committees at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly in Guangzhou, China.
In his presentation Grospiron shared with the Asian National Olympic Committees the enthusiasm, the passion and the promise of the French bid: authentic Olympic Games in the heart of the mountains centred around two main bases in Annecy and Chamonix, between Europe’s “purest” lake and Mont Blanc’s “everlasting” snow.
He said, “for the thousands of young people dreaming of athletic feats, for the champions who come from every continent to train here, and for the millions of visitors who come from over 100 different countries every year, we want to mobilize all of the resources opened up by the Olympic Games to redefine our relationship with the mountains of the 21st century. We propose to join forces with you, devoting all of our common energy to serving the Olympic ideal that drives us every day in this noble quest: to host the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games on the slopes of Mont-Blanc”.
He added, “together with French IOC members Jean-Claude Killy and Guy Drut, along with all of the Olympic champions who work with me daily – and with the full support of all of the French authorities involved from the sporting, political and economic worlds, we have put together a project that is ideally suited to our truly authentic environment in the French Alps”.
Killy said in a video message, “we have what I consider to be an outstanding program, and want to use it to host splendid, memorable Games, which will go down in history”.