Inauguration of the Tuffes Nordic Stadium
In the presence of the elected officials of the region, the press and Mrs. Virginie Faivre, President of the Lausanne 2020 organising committee, the Tuffes Nordic stadium was officially inaugurated on October 5th2019 by Mrs. Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports. A high-level ribbon-cutting ceremony and exchanges between several hundreds of volunteers made this occasion memorable for everyone, and it took place less than 100 days from the Youth Olympic Games.
After a very untraditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, carried out by a ski jumper from the top of the brand-new ski ramp, the Minister of Sports, Mrs Roxana Maracineanu, was keen to express her delight at taking part in these first binational games and to announce that she would be present for the beginning of the games. “This collaboration is interesting from the point of view of our common heritage. The Jura is clearly a cross-border territory and this type of interaction will enable twinning arrangements between schools and sports associations… sports are a fabulous tool for this sort of thing.”
After three years of work, the Stadium’s modernised facilities meet the highest of standards. In January 2020, the Tuffes Stadium will be hosting the biathlon competitions (11th, 12th, 14thand 15thJanuary), the Nordic combined competitions (18th, 20thand 22ndJanuary) and the ski jumping competitions (19th, 20thand 22ndJanuary) of the Youth Olympic Games.
Virginie Faivre, President of the Lausanne 2020 organising committee: “The renovation work carried out at the Tuffes Stadium is impressive. Since the beginning of the project, collaboration between Lausanne 2020 and our French neighbours at Les Tuffes seemed self-evident. We are proud of being leaders in the field of binational games and to be able to count on working with exceptional sports sites such as that at Les Tuffes, in which we are looking forward to welcoming young athletes and spectators in January!”
In the presence of the mascot Yodli, the inauguration was also an opportunity to raise the Lausanne 2020 flag, received on the occasion of a ceremony in Lausanne last September, when thousands of students, aged 10 to 15, had gathered at the heart of the Olympic capital to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame on Swiss territory.