"Our promise becomes reality"

Lausanne 2020 presented the advancement of its works at the IOC Session, the decision-making organ of the International Olympic Committee, during its last meeting in Lima, Peru on September 13. It was the first time that the committee addressed the Session since its selection as host city for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in July 2015. This Session was also the place where an historical decision was taken: the awarding of two editions of the Summer Olympic Games at the same time, Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

Presenting in front of the 100+ members and the management of the IOC, including its President Thomas Bach, the President of the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee Patrick Baumann and its CEO Ian Logan exposed the advancement of the works of the team. Patrick Baumann first explained that the promise that was made in 2015 to organise Games in a new way would be respected. Indeed, deep changes on the format and the content of the event – that were announced this summer –guarantee Games that will be more innovative and more focused on the sporting performance with more athletes, while still reinforcing the educational and cultural aspects.

Ian Logan followed up by explaining these elements in details, supported by animations shown on the screen of young people of the region presenting the different aspects of the organisation. The presentation ended with a film of the 6th grade schoolchildren from Lausanne who, on Olympic Day on June 23rd, organised a great happening by picturing the Olympic Rings with 1200 students.

This presentation, and the meetings that followed, were extremely well received by the International Federations involved by the Games in 2020. The various people in charge of the sports that will be part of the programme are all very satisfied with the quick pace at which the sporting and competitive elements are currently being put in place. Same satisfaction on the side of the National Olympic Committees who will be responsible for preparing their teams before coming to Lausanne – they are also very positive with the advancement of the works.

The good news were also confirmed by the President of the IOC Coordination Commission, Danka Bartekova, who also addressed the Session to announce that all signals are green for Lausanne 2020 at this stage.

The road ahead is still long and there are many organisational functions, but amongst the Olympic partners that were present in Lima, the feedback was very positive. Next step: the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Prague at the end of October.

Photo from left to right: Ian Logan, CEO, Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee, Philippe Leuba, State Councillor for Sport, Economy and Innovation, Canton of Vaud, Oscar Tosato, Municipal Councillor for Sport and Social Cohesion, City of Lausanne, and Simone Righenzi, Head of Sport, Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee (2017, IOC/Martin)