POSTED: July 31st 2015
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Updated: Olympic Capital Lausanne wins the nod to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games

The Lausanne bid team erupted in cheers at the news / IOC Ubald Ruter
The Lausanne bid team erupted in cheers at the news / IOC Ubald Ruter

IOC President Bach shows the final decision / Rolf Schweizer IOC
IOC President Bach shows the final decision / Rolf Schweizer IOC

The city of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Lemon / Bigstock
The city of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Lemon / Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / DR. ERIC C. SCHWARZ at the KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTER (KLCC)

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(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has chosen the city of Lausanne, Switzerland to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in a vote at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After a long bid battle, Lausanne has beat out Brașov, Romania by a larger margin of 71-10 votes for the right to host the 2020 YOG.

"67 years after the Winter Games in St. Moritz, it is a great honor to have contributed in bringing the Games back to Switzerland," said Patrick Baumann, President of the Candidature Committee and Swiss member of the IOC.

"This project has enormous potential for a country that has snow sports in its DNA. I am convinced that this is the start of a great journey."

Jörg Schild, President of Swiss Olympic, the National Olympic Committee, said, "I am very happy that the 2020 Youth Olympic Games can come to Lausanne. They will have to be Games for the youth of the entire country. They will have to be Games that help us to even better promote and support our next generation of athletes. To spread the Olympic Values is a great chance for us, and we need to seize this opportunity to enhance the credibility of sport."

Roger Schnegg, Swiss Olympic Secretary General, was asked about his reaction to Lausanne being awarded to 2020 Youth Olympic Games.  He said "First, we are all very happy because you never know what happens with the vote and we knew we had a good dossier and good infrastructure and everything. But you never know if it is enough or not so we are very happy to get this opportunity - especially with the 100th anniversary of Pierre de Coubertin so for all of us it is a great honor to organize this event." 

Denis Pittet, Secretary General of the bid committee, talked about the impact on the history of the relationship of the IOC and the city, "It is an immense source of joy and great pride for all of us to see that the hard work we carried out was well received by the IOC and its members. Our message, which was to highlight our 100 years of shared history with the IOC and to transmit it to the youth of the world in an intelligent and friendly way with our partners from the heart of the Olympic Capital was understood. Now the most interesting part starts: to organize these Olympic Games!"

Daniel Brélaz, Mayor of Lausanne added, "What a beautiful gift to celebrate the 100 years of Olympism in Lausanne! Lausanne, Olympic city, a sport city, a young city: it is a perfect mix, and I am extremely proud that the IOC recognized it.

"Now, let's get to work!"

Lausanne 2020 will follow the Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. 


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