National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
9 January 2020
The opening ceremony of the III Winter Youth Olympic Games came off in Lausanne

The ceremony was held on January 9 at the Vaudoise Arena.

The Belarusian delegation among other teams took part in the opening of the forum. After the colorful opening part of the show, a parade took place of flags of the countries. The flagbearer in the Belarusian team was the hockey player Daniil Karpovich, who earlier noted that it is a great honor for him to play this role.


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After the flag parade at Vaudoise Arena, the audience saw a performance during which the participants of the Winter Youth Games met with the host country of the upcoming starts. The organizers called the show "Home", which is associated with the International Olympic Committee, whose headquarters is located in Lausanne.

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One of the highlights of the ceremony was the removal of the Olympic flag to the arena. This tradition is more than 100 years old, but it is still one of the most exciting moments. Swiss athletes takeaway the Olympic flag: prizers (?) of , alpine ski Didier Cuche, hockey player Florence Schelling, as well as young athletes Loris Uberti and Anais Coraducci. In the ceremony, the organizers assigned a small role to the author of the Games medal design, Zake Page, from New Zealand, who left his drawing on the ice rink of the arena.

Virginie Faivre Chairman of the organizing Committee and President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach addressed the participants with welcoming words.


Virginie Faivre said: "Switzerland was waiting for all the participants. The organizing committee did a great job, new facilities were introduced for the Youth Games, we carefully prepared, and we hope you will remember this Olympics forever."

IOC President Thomas Bach noted, surrounded by athletes from five continents, that Switzerland is home to the Olympic movement. Thomas Bach addressed young athletes: "The organizers of the Games made every effort to ensure that all participants in the Youth Olympics feel comfortable in Lausanne. Welcome home!"

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The President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga declared the III Winter Youth Olympic Games open. The Vaudoise Arena also featured the traditional Olympic oath of athletes, coaches and competition judges.

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The culmination of the opening ceremony was the lighting of the Olympic flame. This mission was performed by one of the youngest athletes of the Swiss team, figure skater 14-year-old Gina Sender.

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The opening ceremony was completed by the mascot of the Yodli , inviting all participants to the disco, which took place in the arena.

The III Youth Winter Olympic Games will be held from January 9 to January 22, 2020 in Lausanne (Switzerland). Yodli was chosen as the mascot of the Games - a fantastic animal, which is a mixture of a cow, a goat and a St. Bernard dog, animals common in Switzerland.

Youth Olympic Games are held by the IOC every four years. The first winter Games for young athletes were held in 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria, and in 2016 the Norwegian Lillehammer hosted the main starts of young athletes.


The Belarusian delegation in Lausanne will be represented in 5 sports: biathlon (3 boys and 3 girls), alpine skiing (1 boy), speed skating (2 boys and 2 girls), cross-country skiing (2 boys and 2 girls), hockey - 3-on-3 tournament (4 boys).


The head of the Belarusian delegation approved the head of the international relations department of the NOC Vasily Yurchik.

For more information, contact the press secretary of the NOC of Belarus Victoria Mennanova (+375291708753 Telegram, Viber, WhatsApp)


Press Service of the NOC  Belarus

Photo by NOC  Belarus and Lausanne 2020