The organising committees of the 2020 winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne and the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris have signed a collaboration agreement designed to pool their respective skills and expertise.
The agreement was signed in Paris and is designed to optimise the organisation and innovation of the two events. The signing of the agreement coincided with the two organising committees’ first joint work session.
The collaboration was signed at the Delivery Partners Meeting, which was attended by representatives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
The agreement is in line with the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 initiative, which encourages organising committees to come together and discuss a range of subjects with a view to optimising organisation of the Games.
The agreement will see the two parties engage in technical cooperation that will mainly involve the Games’ services, legacy, sustainable development, social commitment and innovation.
Lausanne 2020 and Paris 2024 will also support each other’s actions regarding civic engagement and education, while Paris 2024 will help promote the Lausanne Games in schools in the Jura region and other departments on the French-Swiss border.
Additionally, the agreement is set to make it easier for the two committees to share their experience and skills in terms of human resources and volunteers. Each committee will also implement specific actions to promote and increase the visibility of the other’s event.
“There are a lot of exciting changes happening at the moment within the Olympic Movement,” Lausanne 2020 president Virginie Faivre said. “This momentum, the primary aim of which is to improve the way the Games respond to the requirements of the host communities, is a positive thing.
“This collaboration is a concrete expression of this. Lausanne 2020 is, in itself, a collaborative project, in which several different regions and municipalities in Switzerland and France are working together to deliver a unique event.
Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet added: “Our friendship, our closeness and the vision we share with Lausanne 2020 on important topics such as sustainability, the environment and civic engagement, made this collaboration a natural step. We are going to work together on a number of aspects, in addition to more obvious collaborations, such as the educational actions we are going to roll out in France and Switzerland in the run-up to our respective events.”
A similar agreement was signed last year between Paris 2024 and Tokyo 2020.
The Lausanne Games are scheduled to take place in the Swiss city from January 9-22 next year, while the Paris 2024 Olympics are due to be held from July 26 to August 11. A number of sports at Lausanne 2020 will be held on French soil, including ski jumping, biathlon and Nordic combined skiing.