Switzerland's Sporting Home; Lausanne Olympic Capital
A short, scenic journey from Du Parc lies the city of Lausanne. It is a little-known fact that Lausanne is a city honoured with the title of the worlds Olympic Capital and people have often wondered, why Lausanne?
The International Olympic Committee selected Lausanne as its base in 1914 with Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, establishing the site of the IOC's headquarters in 1915.
It is understood that tranquil Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva with picturesque views of the Swiss Alps, was selected as a peaceful location far from the central unrest brought about by the First World War.
Owing to de Coubertin's philosophy, the Olympic Movement is constructed around three core values; excellence, friendship and respect. The Olympic Movement, founded upon the spirit of peace, can certainly be felt throughout Lausanne and the surrounding region, nestled in the serene valleys of the breathtaking Jura Mountains.
Switzerland's "geographic location, highly qualified work force, political stability, neutrality, security, quality of life . . . attractive tax regime and legal code" are all reasons for Lausanne to draw the IOC as well as other sporting associations such as the FA, according to Sports Law specialist Piermarco Zen-Ruffinen.
The attractive city is now home to the Olympic Museum as well as the IOC headquarters and represents the worlds largest authority on the Olympic games. The museum provides information, educational resources and interactive experiences offering a highly popular attraction to both Swiss and global visitors. The museum itself is currently undergoing a 'metamorphasis' to revive the presentation of the extraordinary Olympic legacy. In the meantime, the Olympic Museum has temporarily been rehoused onboard the The Helvétie, a Belle Epoque paddle steamer on the Quai d'Ouchy. After 20 months of renovation, the Olympic Museum will be reinstated in its original home and will continue to inspire budding sports stars of the future.
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