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Raising Awareness: Education and Safeguarding of athletes a primary focus of Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020

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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

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Athletes have not only come to the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020 to compete. There are also a range of educational activities on offer at the Youth Olympic Villages in Lausanne and St. Moritz, led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and designed to help young athletes succeed in their sporting and non-sporting careers.

The activities are based in the Athlete365 Awareness Zone, a welcoming and spacious area laid out in the style of a ski chalet, and which is the perfect place for athletes to relax and unwind away from competitions while learning about important topics.

A survey following the last YOG in Buenos Aires 2018 showed that 34% thought that it was likely or very likely that harassment and abuse was happening in their own sport, and the IOC’s Safeguarding Officer Susan Greinig says the response to the activities has been great and she’s been really impressed with the awareness of the issues among the young athletes.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted to see that so many are aware of this problem and that they’ve been educated on this, and they even help me to understand more exactly what’s happening and how to avoid it.”

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