« The city wants the Games to be a great celebration for the entire population »
We interviewed Grégoire Junod, Mayor of the City of Lausanne, who is very enthusiastic about the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games.
We have just celebrated 100 days to go before the Youth Olympic Games. How would you describe the expectation that this event raises among the city's residents ?
Grégoire Junod, Mayor of the City of Lausanne : "With less than three months to go before the Games, the City and its residents are preparing for some great moments. In schools, many educational projects allow students to feel fully integrated into this event which they are all looking forward to. Various cultural entities are offering or have already organised exhibitions in connection with Lausanne 2020, a promising foretaste of the unifying effect of these Games. Not to mention the Vaudoise Aréna, which was inaugurated at the end of September and which has generated great interest from the public. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the ice competitions and official ceremonies take place there."
In January, not only will Lausanne host sports competitions, it will also host a unique cultural, sporting and educational programme, Lausanne en Jeux ! How is the city of Lausanne preparing to host this great celebration?
Grégoire Junod : "The City wants these Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games to be a great celebration for the entire population, beyond the areas dedicated to sports competitions. It's a great opportunity to animate the city ! This is the reason why an ambitious programme combining concerts, shows, sports initiations and educational activities around the theme of sport was created."
Lausanne, the Olympic capital, will become an Olympic city. What does this mean for the future of the relationship between the city and the Olympic movement?
Grégoire Junod : "This further strengthens the very important attachment between Lausanne and the Olympic movement. The new IOC (International Olympic Commitee) headquarters were inaugurated this summer in the South of the city, marking with a strong symbol the common past and future of both entities. With the organization of these Games, moments of great emotion will complete their history."