GamesBids.com presents the eighth annual Top Ten list of Olympic Bid Stories for 2015. These stories impacted the course of Olympic host city bids, or the Olympic bid process, and formed interesting plot lines and story arcs for the year. We’ll run them down from 10th to 1st as the year ends – click on the links for details.
Top Olympic Bid Stories of 2015: #7 – Lausanne Elected To Host 2020 Youth Olympic Games
In July the city of Lausanne, Switzerland was chosen over Brasov, Romania to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. The vote was held at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur.
It will be the third winter edition of the Games that premiered in Innsbruck in 2012 and will next be held in Lillehammer in February.
Lausanne identifies itself as the “Olympic Capital” as the IOC headquarters are located in the city. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the headquarters.
The Youth Olympic Games are the brainchild of former IOC President Jacques Rogge whose vision was to create an event to inspire youth and get them involved in sport and take them away from their screens. The concept was also intended to give smaller cities a chance to host a Games where they may be too small to be awarded the main Olympic Games. They have not been well publicized and have been slow to gain traction in the mainstream.
With Lausanne, the IOC is hoping to broaden the appeal of the Youth Olympic Games and ensure they remain viable.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.