Delegates from the two cities vying to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), Brasov (Romania) and Lausanne (Switzerland)*, came together in Lausanne this week to gain a valuable insight into the YOG project and acquire a thorough understanding of the unique elements of the event.
Over the course of the two-day workshop, the Candidate Cities were introduced to the scope of the Youth Olympic Games, the athlete experience and other key elements they will need to address in the bid process. One full day was dedicated to presentations on the 15 themes required for their Candidature Files, including topics such as sport and venues, culture and education, concept and legacy, finance, marketing and communications, Youth Olympic Village and transport, to name a few. A second day was dedicated to giving both cities the opportunity to have one-on-one Q&A sessions with IOC experts.
The next deadline in the 2020 bid process is 17 June 2014, the date when Brasov and Lausanne must submit their YOG Candidature Files and supporting documents.
The election of the host city of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020 will take place in summer 2015 at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur.
Whilst greeting the two Candidate Cities, the IOC President stressed the importance of the Youth Olympic Games in the targeting of young audiences and the future partnership between the IOC and the host city. The session also gave the IOC the opportunity to reinforce its vision of the Youth Olympic Games and how the YOG are a different product targeting young people around the world in its mission to inspire them to get active in sport at any level.
As part of the seminar, the IOC explained the many opportunities the YOG can provide to a candidate and host city to engage its young people locally in the event from spectator, organisational, educational and activity points of view.
Approximately 1,000 athletes take part in the Winter YOG, which last a maximum of 10 days and are held at a time of year that best suits the sporting calendar and climate of the host region. YOG hosts are encouraged, wherever possible, to use existing venues to stage the Games.
The first edition of the Winter YOG was held in Innsbruck in 2012, with the second edition scheduled to take place in Lillehammer in 2016.