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12 Oct 2011

Almost 5,000 youngsters expected in Ouchy for Olympic Week

The 31st Olympic Week will enable almost 5,000 children aged from 9 to 15 to try their hand at 30 or more sports disciplines on the Ouchy lakeside in Lausanne between 16 and 20 October. Numerous cultural events will also be on offer at The Olympic Museum.

Around 30 sports clubs and 300 activity leaders and volunteers will be on hand during this half-term week to offer the youngsters the chance to try out various sports. The Ouchy lakeside, from the Place de la Navigation to The Olympic Museum, will be closed to traffic to make room for this invigorating and stimulating programme.

It will also be a chance for these young participants to discover the Olympic Museum’s exhibitions and the Hope Factory. Using 40 or so recreational activities, this unusual educational experience allows those who take part to think about their own beliefs and behaviours in situations taken from the world of sport. A puppet theatre, team games and slam and sports photography workshops will also feature in the week’s programme of activities, the theme of which is Hope and Peace Through Sport. On the Wednesday afternoon, skier Samir Azzimani, the only Moroccan athlete to qualify for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, will be present to talk about achieving his childhood dream.

Registration, free of charge, is possible on the day, provided that the participants have the signed consent of their legal representatives. The pass is valid all week, and gives access to all the events as well as public transport in Mobilis zones 11 and 12. Details of the programme can be found at:

In the event of bad weather, you can obtain information by telephoning 1600 followed by the code 81037 (50 centimes per call and 50 centimes per minute).

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