Glasgow 2018 shortlisted for Youth Olympic Games
February 13, 2013 14:10 pm
Glasgow's 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid has been shortlisted by the International Olympic Committee.
IOC president Jacques Rogge confirmed the news after a meeting of the executive board in Lausanne, with the Scottish city progressing to the next round of bidding alongside campaigns from Buenos Aires and Medellin, while Rotterdam and Guadalajara were eliminated.
The three shortlisted candidates will now face further assessments, with video conferences between their respective bid teams and the IOC scheduled for April.
An evaluation report will then be submitted to the IOC's full membership, who will elect the host city at a meeting in Lausanne on July 4.
The first edition of the Youth Olympic Games, designed for athletes between 15 and 18, were staged in Singapore in 2010 and the Chinese city of Nanjing was elected as the 2014 edition three years ago.
And Seb Coe, Chairman of the BOA, said: “It is an honour to have Glasgow shortlisted to host the YOG in 2018.
"London 2012 inspired young people like never before and there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the UK to take the next step on the Olympic journey to empower young people globally.
“Glasgow cannot only stage a compact, sustainable and financially sound Youth Olympic Games, but take a unique journey in history hand in hand with the Olympic Movement fuelled by the passion and warmth of Scotland.
"A Youth Olympic Games in Glasgow would empower young people worldwide to believe they can be champions in their lives and, at the same time, inspire the world to support them.”
And Britain’s most successful female rower, London 2012 gold medallist and Glaswegian, Katherine Grainger, added: “For many young athletes the Youth Olympic Games will be the first step towards competing at the very highest level and it is fantastic to think that they may be taking those steps in Glasgow.
“The city has a proven track record of delivering major international sporting events in world-class facilities in front of passionate crowds – something that any young athlete would respond to.
"At the same time Glasgow has shown a very real commitment to developing sport at all levels, particularly for young people, making the city the perfect host city for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.”
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