LAUSANNE - Switzerland
In this Swiss city on the shores of Lake Geneva are the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. The IOC is still in the same premises, in the grounds of the historic Château de Vidy, but their main offices are now in an extension, half-buried for environmental reasons.Switzerland was chosen to be the seat of the IOC because it was a neutral independent country. Pierre de Coubertin had taken up residence there at the turn of the century. As the spectre of war loomed over Europe, he wanted the IOC and its archives to be in a safe place. Not far from the IOC is the new Olympic Museum which exhibits pieces from the collection of the international sporting movement.