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IOC President Thomas Bach confirms gender equality at ‘One Year to Go’ Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 celebration as OMEGA countdown clock and Mascot Yodli are unveiled

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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

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DATE: 9 January 2019

LOCATION: Lausanne, Switzerland

LANGUAGE: English & French

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STORY SCRIPT: Lausanne, host city of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games, held a series of events to mark one year to the start of the biggest Winter Youth Olympic Games yet.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was in Lausanne for the celebrations and confirmed that this will be the first gender equal Winter Youth Olympic Games, following on from the successful summer edition in Buenos Aires last year.

President Bach said: “Gender equity is one of the pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020 and we are very happy that within three years we have managed to have full gender equity for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and now for the first time for a winter event with Lausanne 2020 and we will also have gender equity in Tokyo 2020 so this is important and we are happy and proud that we’ve achieved this in such a short period of time.”

Not only will equal numbers of men and women be competing for medals; some exciting new disciplines, such as Ski mountaineering, have also been added to the programme to reflect the increased female participation.For the first time, a Winter Games edition will include mixed-nationality 3×3 ice hockey (with each team made up of three boys and three girls), a women’s doubles competition in luge, and a women’s Nordic combined event.

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