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Olympic Capital

Lausanne is the Olympic Capital, to say it is THE Olympic Capital is not bragging. It is a fact: there is only one Olympic Capital.

Lausanne is the Olympic Capital, to say it is THE Olympic Capital is not bragging. It is a fact: there is only one Olympic Capital, in the same way that Paris, London and Berlin are the only capitals of their respective countries. When Juan Antonio Samaranch gave this title to Lausanne in 1994, he did so because he believed that, if it was to be the universal embodiment of the values he defended, the Olympic Movement needed to have a clear territorial expression, a place recognised by all as the repository of these values. And he chose Lausanne.

  • The IOC

    For a century the International Olympic Committee has found on the shores of Lake Geneva, in Lausanne, a place of welcome from where it can function as the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement.

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  • Pierre de Coubertin and Lausanne

    The informations below are from the brochure created by Jean-Loup Chappelet for the 150th birthday of Pierre de Coubertin (January 1st, 1863 - September 2nd, 1937) who lived in Lausanne for a large part of his life.

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  • International sports federations

    The City of Lausanne regards itself as the point of contact for international sports federations and organisations wishing to establish their headquarters here.

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  • Youth Olympic Games 2020

    The City of Lausanne and the State of Vaud are candidate for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG2020).

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  • Sports management

    Over the years, thanks to the presence of the IOC and numerous international sport federations, Lausanne has become the administrative capital of sport.

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  • Olympic cities

    The World Union of Olympic Cities has been created by the city of Athens, host of the Istand XXVIIIth Olympiad and the city of Lausanne, the Olympic Capital.

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  • Olympic Capital to visit

    Lausanne has a variety of excursions and visits to sites, buildings, and other monuments which are related to the Olympic Movement and are indicative of its status.

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