The Olympic Capital Welcomes Genius Sports
Lausanne, 9th August 2018 – The Olympic Capital is growing once again with the expansion of Genius Sports into the Maison du Sport International.
The Olympic Capital is delighted to welcome Genius Sports, the global leader in sports data technology, distribution and commercialisation services, to its new office in Lausanne.
Genius Sports provides sports leagues and federations with cutting-edge software to capture, manage and distribute official sports data, with its Integrity Services being relied upon by the likes of the English Premier League, Major League Baseball, and the PGA Tour. Headquartered in London, Genius Sports has rapidly grown in recent years, with the new expansion in Lausanne now meaning that the company has offices in over 20 locations worldwide including London, Los Angeles and Medellin.
With the Lausanne office being located inside the Maison du Sport International (MSI), Genius Sports will share the building with more than 25 international sporting federations and organisations. The organisation will also be able to benefit from a host of exclusive benefits provided by the Olympic Capital, including increased visibility services, specialised support, and a range of activities for staff members.
On behalf of everyone at the Olympic Capital, we extend a sincere welcome to Genius Sports, and look forward to a successful partnership!
The International Testing Agency starts operations in Lausanne
published on Friday 22 June 2018
Today in Lausanne, Olympic Capital, the International Testing Agency (ITA) officially launched its operations after having held its second Foundation Board meeting. The ITA is recognized as being a major new player and key driver in the fight against doping worldwide.
The ITA is an independent non-for-profit Swiss foundation. It is in charge of providing anti-doping services to any international federation (IF) or event organizer willing to assign the development of its anti-doping programmes to an entity that operates independently of sports organisations and national interests.
The ITA’s Foundation Board is composed of high profile stakeholders in sport and anti-doping. Its President, Dr Valérie Fourneyron (FRA), is supported by an IOC and NOC representative, Prof. Ugur Erdener (TUR), an IF representative, Mr Francesco Ricci Bitti (ITA), the President of the IOC Athletes' Commission, Ms Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) and an independent member, Prof. Peijie Chen (CHN). The ITA’s Executive Director is Mr Benjamin Cohen (SUI).
On behalf of the Foundation Board, Dr Valérie Fourneyron said: "We are extremely happy to officially move into our new headquarters in Lausanne. Our team will have the chance to operate in the Olympic Capital and benefit from the strong know-how that exists in Lausanne and the state of Vaud. We look forward to providing the global sport community and athletes with our expertise in clean sport. Our primary focus will be to regain trust by acting upon doping issues evenly across all sports worldwide.” For the state and city authorities, welcoming the ITA in the Olympic Capital reaffirms the existence of a unique and strong international sport ecosystem in the region.
Philippe Leuba, State of Vaud Councillor, Department of the Economy, Innovation and Sport: "The fight against doping requires the convergence of advanced knowledge in research, management and communication in sport. All these capabilities exist at the very highest level here. The decision of the ITA and of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to make Lausanne their home can only make us proud. We are committed to work hard and keep attracting key players in the sports world in our region.”
Oscar Tosato, Municipal Councillor in charge of sports and social cohesion of the City of Lausanne: "Lausanne, the Olympic Capital is a unique platform for knowledge exchange. It brings a lot of added-value to international sport. The synergies created here enable more than 2,000 people and nearly 60 sports organisations to work together and develop best practices around – amongst others – clean sport around the globe. The relevance of the Olympic Capital platform for international sport is even strengthened today with the presence of the ITA. »
Information: Philippe Leuba, State Concillor, Department of Economics, Innovation and Sport (DEIS),
021 316 60 10;
Oscar Tosato, Municipal Councillor in charge of Sports and Social Cohesion,
079 442 57 77;
Benjamin Cohen, ITA Director General
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) Joins the Olympic Capital
published on Thursday 08 February 2018
On 1st July, The Olympic Capital will be expanding with European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) relocating their headquarters to Lausanne.
EPCR is the organiser of the European Rugby Champions Cup, the European Rugby Challenge Cup and the European Rugby Continental Shield. These competitions, featuring the top rugby clubs in Europe that have qualified from their national leagues, have seen remarkable growth in recent years. Last season's European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup brought together more than 1,600 players from 31 countries alone. Moreover, these competitions have a truly global audience: last year they attracted more than 1.5 million spectators in stadiums and its finals were broadcast in 95 countries around the world.
Having been based in Neuchatel since their establishment in 2014, EPCR will be moving to their new Headquarters in Lausanne’s Boulevard de Grancy. Led by CEO Vincent Gaillard, their workforce of 20 people includes staff members from Argentina, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom
Upon the announcement, Gaillard said: “We are proud that EPCR will join such an illustrious list of sporting organisations in Lausanne and across Canton Vaud, which is the latest step in our continued and exciting evolution. We are now looking forward to being part of a dynamic sporting community, which logistically provides us with a great base from which to create outstanding rugby experiences all over Europe.”
Shortly before their official relocation date, EPCR will hold Pool Draws on 20th June for all of their 2018/19 tournaments in the Olympic Museum, alongside an inaugural press conference.
In moving to Lausanne, EPCR joins a community of 57 international sports organisations based in and around the Olympic Capital. This community includes the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and, of course, the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Reflecting on the news, Oscar Tosato, Municipal Councillor for Sport and Social Cohesion of the City of Lausanne, said: “We are delighted that EPCR have chosen the Olympic Capital as its headquarters, and we look forward to welcoming them into our growing international sport community. Lausanne is proud to be the home of international sport, and the arrival of the EPCR, which who are achieving great things in the world of rugby, is proof that our efforts to create an environment conducive to the development of sports organisations are effective.”
Phillipe Leuba, State Councillor in charge of the Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport (DEIS) of the Canton of Vaud, added: “The international sports network of this Canton is unique in the world and is constantly growing. It is composed of sports federations, specialised commercial companies and world-class academic institutions. This growth creates more and more opportunities for collaboration. I am very confident that the EPCR will benefit and contribute greatly to this. It is a pleasure to welcome them to the Olympic Capital and we will do our utmost to support them throughout their development.”
For more information regarding EPCR and the Olympic Capital, please contact:
Philippe Leuba, State Councillor, Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport (DEIS), 021 316 60 10;
Oscar Tosato, Municipal Councillor for Sport and Social Cohesion of the City of Lausanne, 079 442 57 77;
Martyn Hindley, Head of Communications and Public Relations, European Professionnal Club Rugby, 079 581 93 09