The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Flame arrives in Switzerland!

Following the traditional lighting ceremony in Athens, Greece, the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Flame arrived in Geneva International Airport today, its first stop in Switzerland before the start of the first ever bi-national Youth Olympic Games’ Torch Tour which will start in Lausanne on September 21st. On this occasion, representatives from the Canton of Vaud, the Canton of Geneva, the Cities of Lausanne and Geneva, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne 2020, Swiss Olympic, Geneva International Airport and SWISS were present to welcome the Flame.

The arrival of the Youth Olympic Flame at Geneva International Airport today marks a historic moment in Switzerland’s Olympic history and the first milestone on its journey across the nation. Officials from both cantons were present for this momentous occasion. Geneva International Airport will be the official port of entry for the Youth Olympic Games in January and, like the flame, athletes and visitors will then make their way to Lausanne on-board CFF trains.

Representatives from the Canton of Vaud, the Canton of Geneva, the Cities of Lausanne and Geneva, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne 2020, Swiss Olympic, Geneva International Airport and SWISS were present to welcome the Flame. ©Keystone-ATS

The Lausanne 2020 Olympic Flame arrived in Geneva on-board a SWISS aircraft, a travel organised together with the partner airline. After an off-boarding ceremony, the flame moved through the terminal making its first appearance to the public. The Lausanne 2020 stakeholders and personalities present then addressed the media at a short press conference. The topic of the day unanimously focused on the universal message of peace and unity embodied by the Olympic Flame and the upcoming Torch Tour which is aimed of celebrating and spreading the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship throughout the country.

Virginie Faivre, President of Lausanne 2020: “Today we are making history. We have been waiting over 70 years to bring the Olympic Flame back to Switzerland for an Olympic Olympic event held in our country and now we get to savour this moment with the Youth Olympic Flame. Now is our time, now we have the opportunity to share the spirit of the Olympics in every corner of our country. With a Torch Tour that will stop in all 26 cantons, we look forward to having every Swiss citizen young and old celebrating with us.”​

Danka Bartekova, President of the IOC Commission for Lausanne 2020: “The journey with Lausanne 2020 has been incredible. From yesterday’s traditional lighting ceremony in Athens and to the Youth Olympic Flame landing in Switzerland today, all eyes are on Lausanne 2020 in the lead up to the Games. The flame will now continue its journey nationwide, and with it the spirit and values of Olympism.”

Roger Schnegg, Secretary General of Swiss Olympic: “With the arrival of the flame in Switzerland, the Olympic movement returns to its homeland. Swiss Olympic and the organisers of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games look forward to this great sports festival ahead. We also see the Games at home as a great opportunity to strengthen Swiss sport with sustainable projects which will continue to support young talents well beyond January 2020.”

About the Lausanne 2020 Torch Tour

For the full calendar of Torch Tour please go to www.lausanne2020.sport/en/torch-tour

#Lausanne2020 #TorchTour are the official hashtags of the Torch Tour around Switzerland. Please use these hashtags in all posts from and about the event and please tag @Lausanne2020 whenever you share a Story on Instagram.

Animated gifs for the Lausanne 2020 Torch Tour and for each discipline on the Lausanne 2020 programme can be found on Giphy and natively on Instagram if you search for «Lausanne 2020». Feel free to use these animated pictograms widely in your social media posts.

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Photo: ©Keystone-ATS/Salvatore Di Nolfi