The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games is the third official Olympic Games for Youth which also known as Lausanne 2020. The event is a major international multi-sport tournament and cultural festival for teenagers which is planned to be held between 9 and 22 January 2020 in Switzerland, the home of the International Olympic Committee.
There will be 8 sports and 16 disciplines featuring in the games. Of which, ski mountaineering, 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament and a women’s doubles event in luge and women’s Nordic combined appear for the first time in an Olympic event.
Other official sports include: Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-country skiing, Curling, Figure skating, Freestyle skiing, Ice hockey, Luge, Nordic combined, Short track speed skating, Skeleton, Ski jumping, Ski mountaineering, Snowboarding, Speed skating.
Qualified athletes from 71 nations will join the games.
The official mascot of the event is Yodli which was unveiled on 8 January 2019 at CIG de Malley. The mascot – Yodli – is a product of ERACOM and is inspired by a combination of a cow, a Saint Bernard dog, and a goat.
Lausanne is known as the “Olympic Capital” due to the fact that it has been the home of the modern Olympic Movement for more than a hundred years. Until today, the town is home to more than 50 international sporting organizations. Sports have become part of the town’S DNA. That’s also the reason why the Youth Olympic Games is organized here with the vision to inspire the youth of the world to adopt and live according to the Olympic values which are Respect, Friendship and Excellence.
Additionally, The event will take place in and around Lausanne in order to capture the special Olympic heritage, in combination with strong international sports expertise and capacity to innovate. With this event, they want to provide the next generation with a brand new and refreshed ownership of the Olympic values. The Youth Olympic Village will be set up in the heart of the city’s 35,000 student university campus