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PARTY UNDERWAY AS YOUTH OLYMPIC FLAME ARRIVES IN THE OLYMPIC CAPITAL AHEAD OF TORCH TOUR FOR THE WINTER YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES LAUSANNE 2020

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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

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From the flame-lighting ceremony in Athens to a celebration with 3,000 school children in the Olympic Capital the party started in style this week ahead of the 110-day Torch Tour around Switzerland for the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020.

Just a few metres from Olympic House, more than 3,000 school children and 400 guests from across the canton of Vaud gathered Thursday (19th September) at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium to celebrate the forthcoming Winter Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in just under four months’ time.

The extraordinary event for children aged between 10 to 15 years old was organised by the Canton of Vaud in collaboration with the City of Lausanne and Lausanne 2020 organisers. Two students from each municipality were invited to bring their municipal flag in exchange for the Lausanne 2020 flag to represent the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games and the values of friendship and respect.

The surprise appearance of the Youth Olympic flame, which arrived in Lausanne just the night before, wowed the onlooking crowd when it was carried in by four young athletes, who then lit a ceremonial cauldron in the stadium.

In the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach and Lausanne 2020 President Virginie Faivre, the Lausanne 2020 and Olympic flags were then raised along with the Swiss and French flags in recognition of the event taking place throughout Switzerland and in neighbouring France.

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IOC President, Thomas Bach interview (German Language)

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Virginie Faivre, President of the Organizing Committee of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Games. (French Language)

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IOC President, Thomas Bach interview (French Language)

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