Annecy says lesson have been learned from Paris

October 6, 2010

Edgar Grospiron, chief executive of Annecy’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, has said the bid team has learned lessons from recent unsuccessful French bids for the Summer Games.

Paris was the favourite to win the bid for the 2012 Games, but eventually lost out to London. It also lost the bid to stage the 2008 Games, losing out to Beijing.

But Grospiron has said lessons have been taken on board, and the Annecy bid will be backed by prominent French sporting personalities.

He said: “The lessons from Paris have been learned and our strategy is different. We need a lot of people supporting us. It means we have to work closely with Jean-Claude Killy and Guy Drut but also with all the influential people at the international level.”