In 2020, Switzerland will host the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Sarah Chiarello visited the Vortex, the future Olympic village worth CHF 150 million, and spoke with Ian Logan, the director of Lausanne 2020, and Jean-Loup Chappelet, a professor at IDHEAP, to see what’s at stake for the region.
Hornussen is a traditional Swiss sport that is often referred to as “farmer’s golf.” Saturday’s fourth-annual winter tournament in Leukerbad will be played on a frozen lake bed 2,200 meters high and will bring together the top players. It may be an amateur game, but it’s taken very, very seriously.
Switzerland’s top winter athletes are competing in major championships this week. For the majority, Sport Aid funding provides real assistance. Matt Leighton talks about just how much they get and looks at how the athletes are faring during such a crucial week.
The Laver Cup will be coming to Geneva in September, and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have committed to play in the tournament’s third edition, which just sold-out. We asked the Swiss champion if his involvement could spur him on to start a tournament of his own when he finally retires.
The White Turf in St. Moritz is an event that has, to say the least, put its own spin on horse racing for over 100 years and counting. The three-weekend extravaganza attracts the rich and beautiful and brings in 20 million Swiss francs to the local economy.
In a landmark deal, FC Basel has bought a large stake in Chennai City FC, current leader of the I-League. Some may wonder what there is to gain with being linked to India, which is ranked 97 in the world. But is there a bigger picture?
Many in the Swiss sports world say it’s difficult to get funding for the country’s athletes and Olympic hopefuls. Switzerland’s National Olympic Committee, Swiss Olympic, sees the bigger picture and is working to fix the situation, says Roger Schnegg, the committee’s general secretary.
Each winter, the Swiss Ski Federation organizes events with commercial partners to help ensure the future of Swiss snow sports. Migros has partnered on a series of children’s races since 2002. Can this produce future Swiss Olympic champions?
The 41st edition of the Château d’Oex Balloon Festival is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones’s nonstop balloon trip around the globe. But will bad weather in Vaud stand in the way of the mythical event?
The Valais mountain resort of Saas-Fee has hosted the Ice Climbing World Cup for 20 years. It takes place, believe it or not, in a 10-story parking garage, which ensures that this unique event can go on no matter what the weather may bring.
Laax prides itself on having the best freestyle park in Switzerland. When 150 of the world’s best snowboarders compete in the Laax Open 2019 this weekend, the ski town will have the chance to prove itself once again.
Switzerland will host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 2020, and it’s an organizational challenge to say the least. The bigger challenge is selling tickets, says Gian Gilli, CEO of the event. But, he adds, if the Swiss team medals at this year’s tournament, the tickets may sell themselves.