By Paul Osborne

Memorabilia from Sochi 2014 is currently making its way to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne ©Getty ImagesApril 30 - Memorabilia from the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi are currently on their way to Lausanne as Sochi 2014 Organisers hand the artefacts over to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as part of their Host City obligations.

Around 50 items will make their to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne in this first memorabilia transfer with the likes of accreditation cards and diplomas from the Games medallists; Olympic Medal Ceremony costumes; flags and banners used in the design of sports venues; and a variety of other souvenirs set to join the ranks of thousands of other artefacts from previous Olympic Games on the shelves of the Museum.

Items from the non-competitive side of the Games will also be moved to the home of the Olympics in Switzerland, including tickets for events at the Cultural Olympiad, whilst memorabilia from the Olympic Torch Relay, such as the torch, torchbearer uniforms and diplomas from relay participants, will also make the move to Lausanne.

By the end of next month Sochi 2014 are expecting to implement two more memorabilia transfers with the IOC hoping to receive more than 150 Games' artefacts in total.

These items will fall into 12 categories, which include licensed merchandise; coins and banknotes; stamps; posters; medals; uniforms; costumes from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; sports artefacts; Relay artefacts; flags and banners; and mascots and tickets.

These memorabilia transfers will also see 57 Paralympic artefacts handed over to the International Paralmypic Committee (IPC) within the same time-frame as those of the Olympic Games.

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