© IOC Alexander Hassenstein

"Lausanne simultaneously gives the IOC an exceptional setting, a capacity to accommodate the many meetings we hold and a ready ear for our needs."


Mr Bach, can you please tell us how does the IOC benefit from being in Lausanne? What advantages do you see?
The relationship between the IOC and Lausanne goes back a long way. It was Pierre de Coubertin who, in 1915, chose to locate the IOC's headquarters in Lausanne. At that time, the capital of Vaud guaranteed security and stability in a world beset by conflict.

Ever since then, Lausanne has continued to simultaneously give the IOC an exceptional setting, a capacity to accommodate the many meetings we hold, a focal point for sporting federations and organisations, and a ready ear for our needs.

How does Lausanne compare with other possible sites in the world, especially the major capitals?
Lausanne has the feel of a capital in the sense that it knows how to run large-scale events, it has a large capacity proportionate to its size for welcoming guests, a long tradition of hosting sporting organisations, and it offers an exceptional lifestyle.

As a 'foreigner', how welcome did you feel when you arrived in the canton of Vaud, and how do you feel here now?
The welcome from the people Lausanne and the Vaudois has generally been professional and warm. For me who lives an average of 200 days a year in Lausanne, I've found the ideal place to work right by the lake, which is in important factor for a Belgian like myself who loves the sea and sailing. I feel at home here!