Lausanne Sports Studies Centre: the IOC President visits young champions and coaches
On Tuesday morning, the IOC President was at the Lausanne Sports Studies Centre (CSEL) to meet the members of the Foundation Board, coaches on a training course and talented local youngsters making use of the Centre’s facilities next to the city’s Pontaise Stadium.
On this occasion, he emphasised the strong links that have existed between the IOC and this sports institution for more than 12 years. Opened in 2001, this Centre was dear to former IOC President Samaranch, who was behind the project and wanted to mark the excellent relations between the IOC and the city of Lausanne. The IOC was represented on the CSEL Foundation Board for several years, and IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge was made a patron of the Centre.
During a meeting attended by CSEL Foundation Board Chairman Jean-Jacques Schwaab, CSEL Director Jean-Marc Gerber, Municipal Councillor for Sport Marc Vuilleumier and the Head of the Sports Department, Patrice Iseli, the IOC President said: “The CSEL is a very important pillar and perfectly meets the needs of budding young athletes, as training and education go hand-in-hand. I congratulate you on your efforts and your work. Your philosophy is very much in line with that of the IOC.”
The Centre is also currently hosting six coaches from African countries (Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Togo), who are taking part in an eight-week sports science training course with the help of Olympic Solidarity. Their sports are football, handball, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo.
The IOC supports this training course, which is held twice a year (spring and autumn sessions) in Lausanne. Since 2001, some 156 coaches from 30 countries and specialising in 21 different sports have been hosted at the CSEL.
“The presence of these international coaches contributes to the richness of this Centre. It is a great illustration of the exchanges that can take place thanks to sport,” the IOC President observed.
Accompanied by the Director of Relations with the National Olympic Committees and Olympic Solidarity, Pere Miró, the IOC President then visited the facilities and met several of the athletes and coaches.