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Swiss body selects Lausanne 2020 Youth Games bid

Lausanne has been put forward by the Swiss National Olympic Committee as the country’s candidate for the 2020 winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Today’s decision marked the end of a five-month internal selection process, during which the Swiss Olympic body chose between a bid from Lausanne – home of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – or Lucerne. The final vote was eight nominations for Lausanne, four for Lucerne with one abstention. A formal ratification by Swiss Olympic will take place on September 19.

Mayor of Lausanne Daniel Brélaz said: “It is a great day for Lausanne and for the State of Vaud. Our city has invested a lot of resources over the last decades into nurturing the world of international sport which is based here.

“We hope that this platform will be one of the strengths of our international bid, and we look forward to collaborating with Swiss Olympic in the development of a very strong proposal to the IOC to hopefully win in 2015”.

National Olympic Committees have until November 28 to announce bidders to the IOC, which will then decide on the host of the 2020 YOG in May/June 2015.