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2030 Winter Olympics: "A Games without Val d'Isère would have less flavour", says the mayor of the resort

2023-12-07T18:58:32.036Z

Highlights: 2030 Winter Olympics: "A Games without Val d'Isère would have less flavour", says the mayor of the resort. Patrick Martin, who lamented that the conversation was "already over", wrote to the government to highlight Va's qualities. "I just want to be part of the roundtable," he said. "Ski racing is here," he added, expressing his disappointment after his Savoyard resort was left out of the French Alps project to host the 2030 Winter Olympics.


Patrick Martin, who lamented that the conversation was "already over", wrote to the government to highlight Va's qualities


"Ski racing is here," Val d'Isère Mayor Patrick Martin said on Thursday, expressing his disappointment after his Savoyard resort was left out of the French Alps project to host the 2030 Winter Olympics. "Ski racing in Val d'Isère is something that is in our genes, our DNA," the mayor of Val d'Isère, who is organising his Critérium de la première neige this weekend, the traditional French stage of the Alpine Skiing World Cup, told the press.

Last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) surprised everyone by announcing that the French Alps' bid was the only one still in the running to host the Olympics in 2030, a giant step towards hosting the first Winter Games in France since Albertville in 1992. "We were happy. It is the recognition first of France, then of the Alps and then of Val d'Isère," said Patrick Martin.

"I just want to be part of the roundtable"

But it was a cold shower 48 hours later with a "phone call from Laurent Wauquiez (president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) at 18 p.m. on Friday to tell us that it would be very complicated, that the IOC was asking for a regrouping of the sites and that suddenly Val d'Isère and Isola 2000 had been withdrawn. That's how I found out. »

"I was told on Wednesday that the Olympic Games will take place in France and that we are entering into a targeted dialogue. For me, a focused dialogue is a conversation. We tell ourselves that we have nine months to discuss and now we have the impression that the conversation is already over," he lamented. I just want to be part of the round table that discusses the project. A Games without Val d'Isère would be less flavourful. »

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Patrick Martin said he had written to the Minister of Sport, the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic to highlight the assets of his station. He will also have the opportunity to discuss it on Saturday with Laurent Wauquiez, who is travelling to Val d'Isère.

Source: leparis

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