Vaud upholds the sporting ideal

”Faster, higher, stronger”: the motto associated with Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics, lives on in Lausanne.

The capital of Vaud has also been the world Olympic capital since 1915, the year when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was set up on its banks. Since then, Lausanne has turned into the international capital of sport: it plays host to a large number of international sporting federations and organisations, most of which have been accommodated in a new specialist centre – the House of International Sport (MSI) – since 2006 

But sport is also a regular part of everyday life in the canton of Vaud. It is actively pursued by most of the people who live in the area, as they take advantage of hundreds of ways to enjoy their sporting activities in an unbelievable natural setting: on the lake, on the plain or in the mountains.

All of Vaud’s towns and cities, but most particularly Lausanne, are actively involved in this boom: competitions, clubs, facilities – everything that’s needed to stage sporting events is in place.


  • Lausanne : home of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1915
  • 36 international federations and 19 international sports organizations representing more than 1,500 jobs and SFr 200 million in economic benefits for the region
  • The Home of International Sports: a complex dedicated to international sport that provides 5,575 square meters of administrative space to sports organizations(
  • A natural sports paradise in a well protected environment and over 1,300 sports clubs and associations at the service of the local population
  • Various international competitions and athletic events are organized each year in cantonal cities, such as Athletissima, the Lausanne Marathon, and the Montreux Volley Masters