III Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020
09-22 January 2020 | Lausanne, Switzerland
The third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games saw Malaysia’s second participation at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. The contingent consisted of 2 athletes, both of whom participated in Short Track Speed Skating, and was headed by Ms. Moira Tan Swee See (Chef-de-Mission). It was also first time participating in the sport of Short Track Speed Skating. Dione Tan was the flagbearer for the Malaysian Contingent at the opening ceremony.
The III Winter Youth Olympic Games was hosted in Lausanne, Switzerland. Lausanne 2020 encouraged youth to “start now,” to illustrate a starting point for young people to launch careers in sport, on or off the playing field.
One of the highlights of Lausanne 2020 was the intensive promotion of the use of public transport, including for athletes’ travel. This helped to minimize Lausanne 2020’s carbon footprint and served as a key reference for future editions of the Youth Olympic Games. Additionally, pre-existing venues were prioritised and only venues constructed for a specific use after the Games were built.
The competitions took place in the cantons of Vaud (Lausanne, La Vallée de Joux, Leysin, Les Diablerets, Villars), Valais (Champéry), Graubünden (St. Moritz) and neighbouring France (Les Rousses, Tuffes stadium). Eight sports and 16 disciplines were on the programme.
In total 81 events brought together 1,784 athletes from 79 NOCs. 130,000 kids from local schools were involved in the preparation of the YOG, while 80,000 kids came to enjoy the sports competitions and participated in the rich "Learn and Share" program organized in Lausanne and in all the host sites.