Lausanne, the Swiss city where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is based, today (Friday) landed a convincing victory in being awarded the hosting rights to the 2020 winter Youth Olympic Games.
The third edition of the winter Youth Games was contested by Lausanne and Brasov, the Romanian city that had held the 2013 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival. Lausanne emerged victorious following a ballot of the IOC membership in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, securing 71 votes to Brasov’s 10.
The 2020 winter Youth Olympics will be held from January 10-19, 2020 in Lausanne, the surrounding Alps and in the North of the Canton of Vaud. As part of their proposal, Lausanne 2020 is also planning to stage some events in neighbouring France. The 2020 Games will mark the 100-year anniversary of the IOC’s arrival in Lausanne.
Jörg Schild, president of the Swiss Olympic Committee, said: “I am very happy that the 2020 Youth Olympic Games can come to Lausanne. They will have to be Games for the youth of the entire country. They will have to be Games that help us to even better promote and support our next generation of athletes. To spread the Olympic values is a great chance for us, and we need to seize this opportunity to enhance the credibility of sport.”
Patrick Baumann, International Basketball Federation (Fiba) secretary general, Swiss IOC member and and president of the Lausanne 2020 bid committee, added: “Sixty-seven years after the winter (Olympic) Games in St. Moritz, it is a great honour to have contributed in bringing the Games back to Switzerland. This project has enormous potential for a country that has snow sports in its DNA. I am convinced that this is the start of a great journey.”
The Austrian city of Innsbruck hosted the inaugural winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012, with the Norwegian town of Lillehammer due to stage the next edition in 2016.