Lausanne 2020 and Paris 2024: a collaboration agreement to make their shared ambitions a reality

The two Organising Committees are pooling their skills and expertise within the framework of a collaboration agreement, which was signed today in Paris, with the aim of optimising the organisation of their respective events.

Today, the Organising Committee for the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games and the Organising Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games signed a collaboration agreement that focuses on sharing their expertise and good practice, with the aim of ensuring these two events are efficiently organised and innovative.

The agreement was signed at the Delivery Partners Meeting, which was attended by the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, by Lausanne 2020 President Virginie Faivre and CEO Ian Logan, and Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet and CEO Etienne Thobois. A Lausanne 2020 delegation made the journey to Paris especially for the occasion, and the signing of the agreement coincided with the two organising committees’ first joint work session.

This collaboration falls in line with the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020, which aims to encourage organising committees to come together and discuss a range of subjects with a view to optimising organisation of the Games.

The agreement was a natural step for the two Organising Committees who, in addition to being close to each other both geographically and culturally, share a number of values and ambitions. Lausanne 2020 and Paris 2024 have built their projects on a foundation of strong commitments, namely in terms of environmental excellence, innovation and sustainability, and both plan to use a majority of existing or temporary infrastructures. The two committees have also made involving people a priority, to ensure the Games are both open and accessible. Finally, several of the events for Lausanne 2020 – ski jumping, biathlon and Nordic combined – will be held on French soil, in the Jason Lamy-Chappuis stadium in Les Tuffes, part of Les Rousses ski resort (Jura department).

More specifically, this agreement is built around four main themes:

  • Sharing expertise and good practice
    Technical cooperation will mainly involve the Games’ services, legacy, sustainable development, social commitment and innovation.
  • Involvement in the Games
    Lausanne 2020 and Paris 2024 will each support the other’s actions with regard to civic engagement and education. Paris 2024 will also help promote the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in schools in the Jura and other departments on the French/Swiss border, namely by celebrating Olympic and Paralympic Week.
  • Human resources collaborations
    Collaboration will make it easier for the two committees to share their experience and skills in terms of HR and volunteers.
  • Event communication and promotion
    Each committee will be able to implement specific actions to promote and increase the visibility of the other’s event.

The signing of this agreement comes eight months after an agreement was signed between Paris 2024 and Tokyo 2020 (in July 2018), and follows on from the work already embarked on with Los Angeles 2028. It illustrates the solid relationship formed between the IOC, the IPC and the host cities, who all share the same ambition to develop these events together.

“There are a lot of exciting changes happening at the moment within the Olympic Movement, announced Lausanne 2020 President Virginie Faivre. 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. We are very proud to be able to contribute to the organisation of Paris 2024, and we are delighted to be able to benefit from the expertise that they offer in fields that are important to us, such as youth training, innovation and sustainability. I would like to thank Tony Estanguet, Etienne Thobois and their teams, as we are delighted to be able to work with them.”

“It is a real pleasure to embark on a new collaboration with our friends and neighbours from Lausanne 2020, announced Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet. We are proud to work with other host cities, the IOC and the IPC in this new organisational approach, which is more collaborative and more of a partnership. 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. As we saw recently in Buenos Aires, the Youth Olympic Games are a real testing ground for the Olympic Games, and we are delighted to be able to work so closely with the teams from Lausanne 2020. We are ready to get down to work so that we can each share the best of our knowledge and experience.”