POSTED: December 10th 2013

President Bach receives IOC keys from Jacques Rogge and the Olympic Museum is reopened

(L to R) Thomas Bach officially receives the key from IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge / IOC Ian Jones
(L to R) Thomas Bach officially receives the key from IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge / IOC Ian Jones

IOC President Bach cuts the ribbon on the newly renovated Museum / IOC Ian Jones
IOC President Bach cuts the ribbon on the newly renovated Museum / IOC Ian Jones

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was given the official keys to the IOC by his predecessor Honorary President Jacques Rogge. The handover ceremony took place at the grand opening of the newly renovated Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

The IOC Executive Board is convening these two days in Lausanne and the members were on hand for the change of guard as well as representatives of the Canton of Vaud and the City of Lausanne and about 200 guests.

Bach honored Rogge for his two terms in office and said, “Many thanks for this symbolic act of handing over the key, which is now a traditional part of IOC history. We both know very well that this handover includes the challenge of taking on the huge demands and responsibility of this office.”

 “You have left the Olympic Movement a solid foundation and you have every reason to be proud of your great achievement, which has benefited sport worldwide. Here, this evening, we would like to express to you our gratitude, recognition and respect.”

Olympic Museum re-inaugurated

The Olympic Museum has undergone a number of renovations over the past two years and is finally ready to greet the public again on 21 December after 23 months of work.

President Bach and Jacques Rogge both held the ribbon as Bach officially cut it and opened the way for the director, Francis Gabet, to lead the guests on a tour of the completely revamped building complete with the latest technological innovations and a new museographic-themed approach.

 “The Olympic world is at the same time traditional and ultramodern,” said Bach after the tour. “This Museum manages to convey that combination in an exciting and innovative way, and thereby reach young and old alike. If there is one place outside the Olympic Games where the Olympic spirit can be felt to the same degree, it is this entirely redesigned Museum, here.”

 “Genuine Olympic moments are recorded here. They are presented in a wonderfully fresh and stirring way, so that we can all feel the fascination of this great idea. This Museum is a very special kind of Olympic adventure park, which records and conveys the uniqueness of the Games.”

The viewing area will start in the Olympic Park which has been redesigned, then enter an exhibition area that has almost doubled to 3,000m2 with permanent exhibitions spread out over three levels.

 The public will be able to visit free of charge from December 21 to January 23.

A project of former President Juan Antonio Samaranch, the museum opened on June 23, 1993 and over the past 20 years has welcomed more than three million visitors and produced more than 200 temporary exhibitions, including some 50 exhibitions beyond its walls. It has proved a worthy means for Olympic memorabilia and gives visitors a chance to be up close and personal with a number of precious artifacts.

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