MIL-OSI Translation: Lausanne welcomes the International School Sports Federation

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Source: Swiss Canton of Vaud – news in French

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Published on November 20, 2023


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The City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud are delighted to welcome the headquarters of the International School Sports Federation (ISF) in the heart of the Olympic Capital, from January 2024. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the ISF deploys its activities promotion of sport in 134 countries. The federation, which has around ten employees, will take up residence in Lausanne in January 2024.

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From January 2024, the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud will strengthen their position as a world center for international sport. The municipal and cantonal authorities are delighted to welcome, from this date, the world headquarters of the International School Sport Federation (ISF). The ISF has been an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee since 1995 and is dedicated to promoting school sports in more than 134 countries. Its mission is not limited to the playing field, as it strives to instill a culture of health, learning, gender equality and inclusion among young people.

Present in more than 200,000 schools around the world, the ISF encourages the sporting participation of young people, particularly through sporting events, such as the World School Championship or the ISF Gymnasiade which brings together, every two years, more than 5′ 000 young people around the world for a multi-sport competition.

The arrival of the ISF in Lausanne not only strengthens the position of the Olympic Capital as a global center for international sport, but also encourages the creation of new synergies to promote sports practice among young people around the world. With around ten employees, it will set up its new headquarters within the Maison du Sport International (MSI) in January 2024. It will be able to collaborate and develop in a unique setting at the heart of a community made up of nearly 60 international sports federations and organizations on Vaudois soil.

The arrival of the ISF also testifies to the success of the activities of the Lausanne Capital Olympic Foundation (FLOC) created by the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud at the beginning of 2023. The FLOC’s particular mission is to simplify and strengthen the links between public authorities and sports federations and organizations. It demonstrates the appeal of a service offering adapted to the needs and challenges of international federations.

Émilie Moeschler, Municipal Councilor, Department of Sports and Social Cohesion, explains that “the installation of the ISF in Lausanne confirms the importance of Lausanne on the world map of international sport. This is a source of pride and success for the young Lausanne Capital Olympic Foundation. The missions and values of the federation align with the City of Lausanne’s commitment to equality and inclusion in sport. We look forward to working with the ISF and developing synergies in the area of promoting physical activity among children and young people.”

Christelle Luisier Brodard, State Councilor in charge of the Department of Institutions, Territory and Sport (DITS) adds: “The arrival of the ISF within the international sports ecosystem of our Canton will contribute to the dynamism of the Olympic capital. Their unique approach to school sport and their desire to collaborate with international sport stakeholders will undoubtedly bring significant added value in terms of promoting their discipline to young people around the world.”

Laurent Petrynka, president of the ISF, underlines the importance of this decision: “Raising the values of equality, respect and fair play through school sport is more than a mission, it is a passion that animates us. Lausanne represents a beacon of these ideals within the international sporting community. This move is a declaration of our commitment to enriching the lives of young athletes around the world.”

City of Lausanne and State of Vaud

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City of Lausanne, Emilie Moeschler, municipal councilor, Department of Sports and Social Cohesion,021 315 42 00
SAID, Christelle Luisier Brodard, State Councilor,021 316 45 14
International School Sports Federation (ISF), Laurent Petrynka, president,33 6 60 91 98 44
Lausanne Olympic Capital Foundation, Sébastein Griesmar, president,41 79 695 96 40


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