Lausanne 2020 provides 4 key updates to the 134th IOC Session

Today, on the occasion of the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Organising Committee of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games presented its latest progress updates to the IOC, IOC Members and International Sports Federations.

With over 200 sport leaders gathered at the SwissTech Convention Center just a few hundred meters away from the next Youth Olympic Village, the Vortex, the Lausanne 2020 team used this opportunity to provide some insights and report on the status of youth engagement, preparations and support by new partners. The Lausanne 2020 delegation was led by its President Virginie Faivre and its two Vice Presidents, Lausanne Mayor Grégoire Junod and State Minister of Sport, Philippe Leuba. Also present were Lausanne 2020 CEO Ian Logan, Swiss Olympic Youth Team Cheffe de Mission Corinne Staub, Lausanne 2020 youth engagement manager Stefany Châtelain-Cardenas and head of sport Simone Righenzi.

130'000 schoolchildren engaged in the development of the Games

Though sports performance and excellence will naturally be at the centre of the Games, an equally important focus has been set on the values of education and culture. To date, more than 130,000 young people have engaged from near of far with the spirit and values of the Youth Olympic Games. Sports workshops, partnerships with universities and a number of key engagements have made Lausanne 2020's educational facet very present in the region. The local, national and international youth is being mobilized to contribute in the creation of the Games, Games which will truly be organised by the youth, for the youth.

8 host sites, 8 sports and culture programmes under one brand name: "en Jeux!" 

Youth engagement will also continue during Games time through an ambitious and festive program called "en Jeux!", which will take place not only in Lausanne but also within the seven other host sites. Winter sports initiations, concerts, shows and educational workshops will provide an ideal playing field for children, teens and adults to experience the Olympic values through sport and culture. In Lausanne, the engagement of more than 40 sporting and cultural institutions and schools will contribute to the development of the programme which will consist of more than 100 events.

New partners on board

Lausanne 2020 also took the opportunity to announce a number of new partners. One week after the announcement of the alliance with Lausanne's public transport system (the "tl"), it is SBB, the Swiss national railway company, which joins the pool of partners with the aim of ensuring maximum public transport travel during the Games. ELCA will provide services related to Games access management and online ticketing, while Odlo, the Swiss pioneer in the development of technical sportswear, will equip the 3,000 YOG volunteers and staff. IKEA, the famous Swedish furniture chain, will furnish the Vortex, the Youth Olympic Village where the athletes will be housed. All have pledged to support the organisation of the first Olympic event in Switzerland since the Saint-Moritz Winter Games in 1948.

The search for 3,000 volunteers has started

Finally, Lausanne 2020 has reported the successful launch of its volunteer platform on June 23rd. A total of 3'000 volunteers will be engaged to take part in this unique event and contribute to making the Lausanne 2020 Olympic experience unforgettable for all.

Virginie Faivre, President of Lausanne 2020: "We are organising smart Games, sustainable Games in the wider sense of the word, letting people engage in them, achieve their own ambitions and therefore create their own legacies through them. We are making a change here, a positive transformation in our city and in our country. When we are done, the citizens of Lausanne and Switzerland will know that it is thanks to these Games that a number of sustainable legacies have been achieved."

Ian Logan, CEO of Lausanne 2020: "We are very grateful for a wonderful collaboration with the IOC, the International Federations and our host sites. Our regions are fully engaged in the making of Lausanne and this thanks to the trust of all our stakeholders. We are preparing something exceptional, and we look forward to showing it to the world in less than 200 days now."