Olympic Capital

The city of Lausanne symbolizes the spirit and values of Olympism to such an extent that it was named Olympic Capital in 1994. Since then, the city has been home to the main institutions of the Olympic Movement, as well as to some 50 international sports federations and organizations.
“The Olympic spirit will find in the independent and proud atmosphere of Lausanne the guarantee of freedom it needs to progress”.
So declared Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1915, when he chose Lausanne and the shores of Lake Geneva as the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). If Juan Antonio Samaranch offered Lausanne this title in 1994, it was precisely because he considered that in order to universally embody the values it defended, the Olympic Movement needed a clear territorial expression and a place identified by all as the receptacle of these values.

Lausanne celebrates 30 years as the Olympic Capital

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30 years ago, on 23 June 1994, the City of Lausanne was officially awarded the unique status of “Olympic Capital” by the IOC, an important milestone in the city’s history. Since then, Lausanne has continued to strengthen its position as a centre for the governance of international sport and to develop dynamic public policies ranging from elite sport to sport for all. The city has also hosted many major events, such as the World Gymnaestrada, the Youth Olympic Games, the Tour de France and numerous world and European championships.

Events not to miss

The year 2024 marks 30 years of "Lausanne Olympic Capital" status. This anniversary will be celebrated through a programme of free popular events that will highlight what Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, represents in a festive, sporting and cultural way. The event will culminate in 10 days of festivities taking place across the city from 13 to 23 June.

The Youth Olympic Games – Lausanne 2020

26 years after becoming the Olympic Capital, Lausanne became an Olympic City, as it hosted the 3rd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

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