LAUSANNE: Almost a year before the start of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne 2020 has chosen to celebrate this symbolic date with the launch of its brand-new mascot, Yodli.
The mascot has been designed by the students of the Ecole Romande d'Arts et Communication (ERACOM), the local Arts and Communication School.
In one year to the day, the Olympic flame will be lit in the heart of Lausanne, making the Olympic Capital a fully-fledged Olympic City.
Several hundred spectators will gather in the Flon district to celebrate this symbolic moment around the OMEGA countdown clock in a festive and musical atmosphere.
Concerts of Swiss snowboarder (halfpipe) and musician Pat Burgener, 5th at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang last February, as well as students from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, will ensure a great occasion.
Lausanne 2020 has used the occasion to promote the first of its many collaborations with the city’s schools and academic institutions.
Yodli, the official mascot of the Games, made its first public appearance, having been unveiled last night at the Malley ice rink before the Swiss Ice Hockey Championship match between Lausanne Hockey Club and Hockey Club Davos from the Grisons region.
Significantly, this fixture symbolised the true national dimension of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in both of these regions, as well as the Canton of Valais and neighbouring France.