The Youth Olympic Games : Compete, learn and share!

The Youth Olympic Games are an international Olympic sporting event of the highest level for athletes aged 15 to 18 years old.

They combine sport performance, culture and education in an authentic celebration of sport with a festive atmosphere. The aim is to encourage youth to adopt and represent the positive values of sport - respect for others, for themselves and for our environment, friendship between people and cultures, excellence in self-giving, and to become sport ambassadors throughout the world.

Through its mission, the Youth Olympic Games aspire to be a leading example of innovation for sporting events of the future.

The ambition of Lausanne 2020

Lausanne 2020 is the ambition of creating a new sports platform for youth by actively involving them in the event’s preparation and organization.It’s a question of implicating the local, regional and even national populations around a unique and federative happening, that aims for a better world.Valorize and give responsibility to youth by providing them an opportunity to become ambassadors of positive sports’ values, to acquire new talents and to reach self-accomplishment by becoming the tomorrow’s leaders. All this while making the Youth Olympic Games a creative laboratory; incubator of ideas of youth, for youth, while drawing inspiration from Switzerland’s heritage and unique assets in education, culture and innovation.

Lausanne 2020 will take place from January 10th to 22nd , 2020.

Lausanne 2020 in numbers


Athletes between 15 and 18 years



8 sports

16 disciplines and 81 events





3 regions - 2 countries - 1 single event

Lausanne 2020’s legacy

The Youth Olympic Games is a genuine catalyst of projects and provides a wonderful opportunity to invest sustainably and intelligently in sports, education, culture and infrastructures. It will leave a positive legacy to the city of Lausanne, the canton of Vaud and Swiss sports.

One of the key highlights of Lausanne 2020’s heritage is the accelerated construction of the student accommodation VORTEX, which will house the Olympic Village during the Games. This building will accommodate 1,200 university students and academic guests, answering a longtime community need.

Athletic legacy

Another construction project that will see the day for the Youth Olympic Games is Espace Malley, which encompasses several athletic installations, one of which is an ice rink (capacity of 9,700 seats), that will be available to young athletes. This project solves the problem of a genuine lack of sports infrastructures in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

You can follow the development of the Espace Malley live, or watch the integrity of the construction works accelerated until today, by consulting the webcams of the construction site. To do so,  please click here.

Besides these two major constructions, Lausanne 2020 will promote the following projects:

-the creation of training centers for the future athletes of the French-speaking part of Switzerland;

-an agreement with the department of French Jura for free use of athletic infrastructures during 20 years;

-usupport for creating a new regional sport – Short Track;

-local training dedicated to sports management of major events;

-development of a new generation of sports managers.

And last but not least, tangible projects underway to promote winter sports for everyone.

Educational legacy

Lausanne 2020’s educational legacy will be a combination of several elements. First, there are the strong partnerships with University of Lausanne (UNIL), Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne (EPFL) and Swiss Hotel Management School in Lausanne (EHL). Second is the identification and the development of local youth’s existing skills. And third is the creation of new expertise within this same population. To make this happen, an opportunity has been given to youth to invest themselves and take on organizational responsibilities in the Youth Olympic Games. These learned skills will be available for organizing future international sports events that will continue to burgeon sustainably in the region.

And it doesn’t stop here! This transmission will touch younger generations, thanks to connections established with children in local schools.