Worldwide Olympic partner Toyota is playing a key role in delivering the Lausanne 2020 Torch Tour as the Olympic Flame makes its way around Switzerland ahead of the next year’s Winter Youth Olympic Games.
The Japanese automobile company, which joined The Olympic Partner (TOP) programme in 2015 as the first-ever Worldwide Mobility Partner of the Olympic Movement, is also the Presenting Partner of the Torch Tour, and is supporting the Olympic flame’s journey around the host country by providing a fleet of branded vehicles to the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee, Tokyo 2020 has repoted on its official website.
“We are very proud to be the official partner for the transport of the Lausanne 2020 Torch Tour,” said Christian Künstler, General Manager at Toyota (Switzerland). “Toyota’s mission to provide the world with sustainable mobility solutions is perfectly in line with Lausanne 2020’s vision for smart Games. This is a natural partnership that goes hand-in-hand with our long-term commitment to the Olympic Movement.”
The Torch Tour began on September 17 with a traditional lighting ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece, with the Olympic flame then travelling to Switzerland to embark on a four-month journey through all 26 Swiss cantons and the French ski resort of Les Tuffes, before reaching the Lausanne 2020 Opening Ceremony on 9 January next year.
The Tour is giving members of the public the chance to view the Olympic flame, helping to build excitement ahead of the 3rd Winter YOG, which will be held from 9 to 22 January and will mark the first time since the Olympic Winter Games St Moritz 1948 that the country has hosted an Olympic sports event.
“The Lausanne 2020 Torch Tour is a unique opportunity to bring the Olympic spirit to all regions of Switzerland for the first time in more than 70 years, since the Olympic flame was last here, in St Moritz in 1948,” said Virginie Faivre, President of Lausanne 2020. “We are so proud to be taking the torch to all 26 cantons, where communities will be able to engage with the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games in the lead-up to Lausanne 2020.”