Lausanne 2020 presents final report to ANOC General Assembly in Doha

Today, at the ANOC General Assembly held in Doha, representatives of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games presented a final report to the leaders of the National Olympic Committees regarding the status of preparations. With less than 3 months before the Games, this was also a great opportunity for Lausanne 2020 to reiterate its commitment to organizing new Games and to creating a meaningful legacy in line with the IOC’s Agenda 2020.

Today, Lausanne 2020 was proud to inform members of the ANOC General Assembly that final preparations are on track and that the region will be ready to welcome athletes and their delegations in January for the Winter Youth Olympic Games. The Organizing Committee reiterated its plan to create a lasting legacy for Switzerland and for the future of Olympic Games. A plan based on 5 commitments which have, since the beginning of the project, guided every decision made for Lausanne 2020: to empower youth, develop sport, promote Olympism, while generating smart innovation and creating new, lasting partnerships.

Ian Logan, CEO and Jérôme Rochat, NOC Relations & Services, present to the ANOC General Assembly. Doha, Qatar, October 18, 2019. ©Lausanne 2020

Formulated in line with the IOC’s New Norm, these commitments have enabled Lausanne 2020 to focus on creating a new generation of Games, smart Games which adapt to their host regions, take advantage of existing assets and serve as incubators for new ideas. For Lausanne 2020, this has resulted in the implementation of several measures aimed at reimagining the way in which Games are organized. From the introduction of a new sport and new competition formats, to the creation of a bespoke educational program for young athletes, to experimenting a new “two-wave” approach and ensuring complete gender equality with respect to participation, Lausanne 2020 has strived to push back boundaries through ceaseless innovation. The promotion of public transports has also been a central element of this approach. During the Games, public transport will be used by athletes to make their way to the competition venues and spectators will be incentivized to opt for public transports in order to access the venues.

Ian Logan, CEO of Lausanne 2020: “With less than 3 months to go before the Games, general enthusiasm is soaring and exceeding our expectations. Our volunteer program has received more than twice the number of applications required in a record amount of time, our school engagement program has involved over 130’000 young people in the region, our host sites spare no efforts to make these Games a resounding success. All of this positive energy is providing us with tremendous motivation to carry out the project successfully in these final months. I would like to thank the entire Lausanne 2020 team for their amazing work: a young, dynamic and passionate team thanks to whom we will be ready to welcome you all for memorable Games in January!”

Jürg Stahl, President of Swiss Olympic: “Switzerland is a land of innovation, a land of pioneering thinkers and a land of sports – and Lausanne 2020 is providing our country with a wonderful platform to show that to the world! We are so proud to be welcoming the Games at home and, as the Swiss National Olympic Committee, we are absolutely thrilled to witness the enthusiasm of the Swiss people for these Games.”

Jérôme Rochat, Head of NOC Relations & Services for Lausanne 2020: “Following up on the Chefs de Mission Seminar held in Lausanne last month, the ANOC General Assembly was a great opportunity to regroup with all National Olympic Committees and discuss latest updates regarding Lausanne 2020. Since the beginning of the project, we have made it a point to nurture our relationships with the NOCs by ensuring regular communication and by providing them with as much information as possible to facilitate their preparations. Today, we are proud to have great relationships with delegations from all countries. We will keep working hard in the next 3 months to make sure we welcome them in the best possible conditions in January.”