POSTED: April 11th 2015

Olympics: IOC celebrates 100 years in Lausanne

IOC President Thomas Bach (center) hosted a number of celebrations  © IOC Ian Jones
IOC President Thomas Bach (center) hosted a number of celebrations © IOC Ian Jones

Pierre de Coubertin's grave at the Bois-de-Vaux cemetery © IOC Ian Jones
Pierre de Coubertin's grave at the Bois-de-Vaux cemetery © IOC Ian Jones

The 100 years celebrations © IOC Ian Jones
The 100 years celebrations © IOC Ian Jones

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today marks 100 years of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) presence in Lausanne, Switzerland. On April 10, 1915, the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin made an agreement to establish the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

One hundred years have passed since then and to mark this significant anniversary, IOC President Thomas Bach in the presence of State Councillor, Philippe Leuba; Swiss Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, Ueli Maurer; and Lausanne Mayor Daniel Brelaz officially kicked off the celebrations, which will take place throughout the year all over the city.  

IOC President Bach paid tribute to Pierre de Coubertin, with a visit to the Bois-de-Vaux cemetery.

"Pierre de Coubertin himself decided to establish the IOC in Lausanne. It was the right decision to take then and it still is now. One century later, the Olympic Movement continues to flourish in the city that Coubertin chose. Though we are already implementing the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, it is certain that Coubertin, a visionary and reformer at heart, would have loved to take part in this new stage in the future of the Olympic Movement and offer us sage advice," expressed Bach.

After, President Bach held a press conference at the Olympic Museum. During the press conference, the latest results of a study showing the impact of the IOC has had on the Lausanne, Switzerland and Canton of Vaud were unveiled by President Bach.  

The study was commissioned by the IOC, the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud. The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) conducted the study, under the supervision of Jean-Jacques Dethier, Professor at Georgetown University and Stephane Garelli, Professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).

President Bach stated, "The IOC enjoys a special relationship with Lausanne, and I am pleased to see that our presence here has prompted many International Federations to set up their headquarters in the Lausanne area and in other parts of Switzerland."

He added, "...The IOC is extremely pleased and proud of this contribution."

A striking figure in the study, showed that the IOC and the international sports organizations have employed 2,150 people in Switzerland and account for 32,000 business overnight stays per year.

"At a time when we are speaking about the future of our Movement with Olympic Agenda 2020, the new headquarters is a bridge between the roots of the IOC in Lausanne and our vision for the future," highlighted President Bach.

The IOC continues to further establish themselves in Lausanne and will look to continue their legacy for another 100 years, with the consolidation of their headquarters being part of that legacy. With all this in mind, the City of Lausanne has granted the IOC a lease for another 100 years, till 2115.

The local population will be able to take part in the centenary celebrations with a number of events happening in the coming months.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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