Mayor of Lausanne Grégoire Junod visits Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Youth Olympics


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Local news, 11.11.2019

Ambassador Paroz welcomed Mayor Junod at his residence for an event showcasing the host city of the Olympic movement, attended by children from the NPO Support Our Kids and representatives of other French-speaking embassies.

(Leftmost) Head of Culture and Public Affairs, Mr. Jonas Pulver, (In the second row, third from the left) Secretary-General of Support Our Kids Kazuki Iso, (In the second row, in the middle) Dr. Yulia Gusynina Paroz, Mayor of Lausanne Grégoire Junod and the Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, Mr. Jean-François Paroz (In the first row) The children from SOK ©Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
(Leftmost) Head of Culture and Public Affairs, Mr. Jonas Pulver, (In the second row, third from the left) Secretary-General of Support Our Kids Kazuki Iso, (In the second row, in the middle) Dr. Yulia Gusynina Paroz, Mayor of Lausanne Grégoire Junod and the Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, Mr. Jean-François Paroz (In the first row) The children from SOK ©Embassy of Switzerland in Japan

Ahead of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Mayor of Lausanne Grégoire Junod visited Tokyo together with an official delegation. On the occasion of this visit, he was welcomed by the Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, Jean-François Paroz at his Residence for a presentation about Lausanne as the Olympic Capital and the host city of the upcoming Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympics.

The reception was attended by members of the “Comité pour la Promotion de la Francophonie au Japon” as well as the representatives of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Young participants to an upcoming homestay program in Switzerland organized by NPO Support Our Kids (SOK) also joined the reception to show their enthusiasm to visit Lausanne during the Youth Olympic Games, warmly encouraged by Mayor Junod and Ambassador Paroz. SOK partners with the Embassy for the inclusiveness pillar of the campaign “Doors to Switzerland” on the road to Tokyo 2020.

Mayor Junod and his delegation also participated in the "Smart Cities & Sport” summit held in Tokyo.

Home of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since the early 20th century, Lausanne was given the title of Olympic Capital by the IOC to mark its centenary in 1994, confirming the city's status as the epicenter of international sport. Today, some 57 international sports federations and organisations are based in Lausanne.