Olympic Games, hockey, petanque and cycling: In 2020, four international competitions will bring together 3,400 athletes and turn the canton of Vaud into the capital of sports!
In 2020, the eyes of fans of sports and thrills will be riveted on the canton of Vaud! The 3rd Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will kick off in the Olympic city of Lausanne. Three other international competitions will follow in their wake: the world championships of hockey, petanque and road cycling between Aigle and Martigny.
All in all, 19 sports, 3,400 athletes, 120 nations and more than a million spectators will provide an exciting atmosphere and put the canton of Vaud in the spotlight. This extraordinary year of sports will mark the history of the canton of Vaud. But it also confirms an appeal that dates from 1915, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) arrived in Lausanne. Since then, an increasing number of federations and sports events have elected domicile in the region. As the most visited cultural site in Lausanne, the Olympic Museum is an iconic site that stands for the unwavering link between the Vaudois capital and sports.
Two unique features are the reason why many athletes are drawn to the canton of Vaud. The first one is the variety of landscapes, which allows them to ski on the Vaudois slopes and explore the cycling paths, sometimes even in the same day. The second one is that the infrastructure meets all expectations of athletes and spectators. A striking example of this innovative spirit is the Vaudois Arena at the Malley Sports Centre, which inaugurated three brand-new skating rinks in 2019. In 2020, the same site will also offer a fencing and a table tennis centre, three swimming pools as well as a diving pool.