By Daniel Etchells
Ski jumping and biathlon will be held in France if Lausanne is awarded the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, it has been revealed.
Denis Pittet, secretary general of Lausanne 2020, claimed the move was necessary to satisfy the Youth Olympic Games requirement to use existing infrastructure.
Lausanne is competing against Brașov for the right to host the Games after the two cities were formally accepted as candidates during the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting in December.
It is also proposed that the cross-country skiing training venue, the "Chaux-Neuve" in the Franche-Comté region, will be located across the border, which "could prove challenging from an operational perspective", according to the first report of the IOC's Evaluation Commission on the third Winter Youth Olympic Games. .
The Les Tuffes Nordic Centre in Jura, a department of East France, has been selected as the host venue for the ski jumping events.
The IOC endorsed the idea of sharing future Olympic events between cities and countries, through its recent Agenda 2020 reform process, and Pittet claims it will be interesting for the organisation to see how Switzerland and France collaborate.
"With two countries it's obviously more complicated so the question is, who is taking the decisions?" he told insidethegames.
"There were three possible solutions on the French territory - the French decide, the Swiss decide or both decide - and we have decided that both decide because it's a joint collaboration.
"The idea is to say that France has very beautiful infrastructure for the ski jumping events and biathlon.
"Switzerland will say, you know your infrastructure, you know how to run an event so we'll leave you with all the operational decisions."
Swiss freestyle skier Virginie Faivre, who successfully defended her world halfpipe championship title in Kreischberg, Austria last month, is in charge of the cultural and educational aspects of the bid and ensuring that the Lausanne 2020 proposals appeal to young aspiring athletes.
The 32-year-old, who was born in Lausanne and grew up there, said the inspiration she took from the Olympic Museum and Library as a youngster helped her in her career and she is hopeful that the Winter Youth Olympic Games athletes can benefit in the same way.
"We want to show them what the history is of their sport, the International Olympic Committee and the whole root of the Olympic Movement," Faivre told insidethegames.
"Every time I go to the Museum I get the shivers and that's something we really want to share."
Faivre, who competed at her first Olympic Games in Sochi last year, said she wished there was an equivalent event to the Youth Olympcs when she was coming through the ranks.
"If I can help to give that to the kids of our country, that's all I want," she added.
A decision on who will host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games is expected to be made during the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31.
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