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07 Dec 2015
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Next stop: Ouchy-Olympique!

Today, IOC President Thomas Bach took part in the festivities organised by the City of Lausanne to rename the "Lausanne-Ouchy" metro and bus stops as "Ouchy-Olympique".

In the presence of the Mayor of Lausanne, Mr Daniel Brélaz, State Councillor Philippe Leuba, and numerous representatives of the Municipality, the Canton of Vaud and Lausanne public transport (TL), the President recalled the IOC’s attachment to its home town: “Ouchy is a symbolic place for the IOC. It was perhaps here that our joint history began. Our founder, Pierre de Coubertin, was invited by the Vaud Council of State on a boat trip in 1913. Ouchy was also Coubertin’s favourite place to practise rowing,” he declared.

Following his speech, the IOC President unveiled a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the metro station. It also provided an opportunity to reveal the new permanent exhibition that now adorns the Ouchy-Olympique metro stop. Metro users now simply have to lift their heads to dive into an Olympic world, as the ceiling is decorated with miniature athletes taking part in an athletes’ parade at an opening ceremony: “The new Ouchy metro station décor perfectly illustrates the passion that Lausanne has for sport and Olympism. Olympism is in the DNA of Lausanne, and even more so with the organisation of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020. I am certain that Ouchy and its new Olympic metro station will play an important role in this celebration,” commented the IOC President.

This display of one of the highlights of the Olympic Games and an athlete’s career is accompanied by photos of events that have made their mark on Olympism as well as lines on the ground similar to those on an athletics track. To all of Lausanne’s inhabitants and visitors: come and see without delay!

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