Lausanne, the Swiss city where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is based, was chosen on Friday as the host of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics, to the detriment of Brasov, the only other candidate city, during the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 2020 Winter Youth Olympics – which feature five winter sports – will be jointly organized together with France’s Tuffes a Premanon resort.
The Swiss city pledged a budget of 42.2 million dollars, with 66pct representing public funds.
Brasov Mayor George Scripcariu told Agerpres on Friday that his central Romania city’s bid to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics has been hampered by the difficulty to provide appropriate transportation to and from Bucharest.
”We were disadvantaged by one thing, the eternal (…) Bucharest-Brasov [transportation] problem. We had proposed as a prospect, by 2020, the motorway and the airport, but those who live elsewhere doubted that the likelihood of advancing these projects was good enough. As mayor, I regret it, but just like in sports: you win – carry on; you lose – carry on,” Scripcariu said.