Lausanne favored for 2020 Youth Olympics in IOC evaluation

Published Jul. 1, 2015 11:11 a.m. ET

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Lausanne appears favored to win 2020 Youth Winter Games hosting rights after an International Olympic Committee evaluation of the two candidates.

An IOC report notes uncertainty about how Romanian city Brasov would fund a 40 percent budget rise after adding permanent venues for curling and halfpipe.

Brasov proposes an operating budget of $17.6 million, with almost 85 percent of it publicly funded.

Lausanne, the IOC's home city, has a $42.2 million budget target with two-thirds publicly funded.

The IOC was concerned that a stadium in Lausanne to host ice hockey, figure skating, and short-track skating will not be finished until June 2019.

Neither candidate has a sliding track for bobsled, skeleton, and luge. The IOC did not request plans for one.

IOC members will vote on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.