Sport • 10 January, 2020

Youth Olympic games kicks off in Lausanne

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The 3rd winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) got underway with a sparkling opening ceremony at the Vaudoise arena on 9 January that was full of surprises, as 8,000 spectators enjoyed seven stories emphasising the Olympic spirit and the theme of “home”, all performed in spectacular style by local young people.

The participants in the traditional athletes’ parade – consisting of the 79 flags of the 79 National Olympic Committees competing at Lausanne 2020 – were treated to a wall of noise as they entered the stadium, with the biggest cheer reserved for the final flagbearer, Switzerland’s Thibe Deseyn. At different points of the night, screens also panned over to St Moritz, where the Ceremony was being streamed live and where the 225 athletes who will be staying there took part in their own parade.

As well as sport, the Ceremony – which was broadcast live by the Olympic Channel –celebrated Swiss culture and traditions, while also integrating the host country’s innovative and creative ways. This was clear in the rendition of the Swiss national anthem, as a band of alphorn players provided the backing music while two young singers sang the vocals from up high on a distinctive gondola lift.

Kazakhstan will be represented by 26 athletes at the Games. A total of 81 sets of medals will be awarded in 16 sports. Our athletes will compete in nine sports.


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