Today’s report released by the IOC Evaluation Commission is a real boost for the bid as it highlights the technical strengths of Annecy 2018’s vision of authentic Games in the heart of the mountains, with the athletes and for the future.
"We believe this strong report will help us to convince the Olympic Family that Annecy offers the best possible and most nurturing home for the 2018 Winter and Paralympic Games", said Annecy Press Release.
"Games in the shadow of the Mont Blanc, using the profile of the world’s number one Winter Sports destination, would provide a global platform for the Winter Olympics that would capture the imagination and benefit a generation of Winter Sports enthusiasts around the world (...) Reuniting the Olympic movement with the Winter Sports heritage of the French Alps would inspire new innovations to be shared with the world. Importantly, the central involvement of athletes in our bid would lead to the best possible sporting competition and ensure that the experience of fans, athletes and the watching global public is a top priority for Annecy 2018".
"In our presentation in Lausanne and the final weeks of the campaign we will be doing all we can to show the IOC we would be their best possible partners and that together we could create an unforgettable experience with long-lasting benefits in every continent", the press release said.
The Evaluation Commission, chaired by the IOC member in Sweden Gunilla Lindberg, spent four days in each Candidate City earlier this year to conduct on-site inspections and carry out an assessment of the cities’ 2018 Olympic Winter Games projects.
The Report is a technical analysis which is being provided to IOC members prior to the "2018 Briefing for IOC Members" which will be held on 18 and 19 May in Lausanne. During this meeting the Candidate Cities will have the opportunity to present the technical aspects of their candidatures to the IOC members and answer questions.
The election of the host city will take place on 6th July during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.