Annecy 2018 President Charles Beigbeder has claimed that the French city would offer a best-practice model for staging sustainable major events if they won the right to stage the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Beigbeder is currently leading an Annecy bid delegation at the 9th World Conference on Sports and the Environment here, where he is outlining Annecy's plans for the most sustainable Winter Games in history.
"In France we share the IOC's commitment to the sustainable development of sport and have put this at the heart of our plans for Annecy 2018", said Beigbeder, who took over the Annecy bid early this year following the resignation of chief executive Edgar Grospiron.
"It is our duty to preserve our beautiful mountain environment (...) A Games in Annecy would be harmoniously integrated with the beautiful local landscapes, economy and the stunning mountains we love so dearly, including the world-renowned Mont Blanc", said Beigbeder.
"We aim to implement plans for Annecy 2018 that can be used to benefit Winter Sports and mountain life all over the world. We will offer a best-practice model for staging sustainable major events that can be replicated around the world: a blueprint for the future of our planet's mountains. Annecy 2018 will also create environmental champions and ambassadors inspiring and enabling local government, businesses, residents and visitors to our region to act in more environmentally-responsible ways. To do this we have adopted two key principles: first, a broad view of sustainability embracing social, environmental, economic, cultural, sports and governance themes. Second, a fully joined-up approach involving all key partners including: the city, region, national government, farmers, research agencies, citizen associations the private sector and international bodies.
In addition the Games will serve as a catalyst for the development of important projects that are already underway including an Eco Resort Model, strategic public transport investment and new approaches to sustainable resource management.
Our desire to stage a Games that would benefit the sustainable development of the mountains worldwide is one of main reasons we are working so hard to make this bid a success" said Annecy 2018 President.
Annecy bid vice-president Jean-Pierre Vidal and French National Olympic Committee President Denis Masseglia are also part of the French delegation in Doha aiming to get Annecy's message across. Preparations are also well underway for the all-important technical presentation to the IOC in Lausanne on 18th May. Annecy is bidding with Munich and PyeongChang, for the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The election of the host city will take place on 6th July during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.