Our Background

In 1915, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the reviver of the modern Olympic Games, chose Lausanne as the base for the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). «The Olympic spirit will find the pledge of freedom that it needs to progress in the independent and proud atmosphere that one breathes in Lausanne,» he declared at the time. Universally known as the administrative Capital of Sport, the city of Lausanne was officially designated the 'Lausanne Olympic Capital' in 1994, under the impetus of Juan Antonio Samaranch, to mark the centenary of the IOC.

Since that time, over fifty international sports federations and related organisations have also decided to make the city their home.  A considerable number of academic institutions, corporations, associations, Fortune 500 companies and individuals now thrive in the area, many with a shared connection to, or interest in, sport. 

This close proximity of organisations presents an unparalleled opportunity for Lausanne, canton of Vaud, Switzerland and the International Olympic Committee to support the international sports movement to progress, both in current endeavours, and in planning for an innovative and successful future.

ThinkSport will facilitate this by simultaneously highlighting the knowledge, expertise and diverse sport initiatives in the region, and by connecting organisations and people within the international sporting community.