The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced today that it is proceeding with a bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and that the city of Glasgow in Scotland will be its Candidate City. The BOA will now formally submit its intention to bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by 1 March 2012.
The BOA Board made its decision to support the submission from Glasgow as a potential Candidate City for the following reasons:
The BOA is fully committed to, and supportive of, the vision and ideals underpinning the Youth Olympic Games.
As Host City of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow will have much of the necessary sporting, accommodation and transport infrastructure already in place, as well as the recent experience of delivering a high profile international multi-sport Games.
The BOA, as the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is fully committed to supporting the development of the Olympic Movement throughout the UK.
Hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games is a great opportunity to further extend the youth, sporting and educational legacy of the London 2012 Games.
The Board’s recommendation was this evening approved by a vote by the National Olympic Committee.
It is the sole responsibility of the BOA, as the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to approve a Candidate City and agree to submit a bid to the IOC for consideration.
Over the forthcoming months the BOA will work together with officials from the city of Glasgow and the Scottish Government to further develop and progress the submission before the candidature file is delivered to the IOC in October 2012.
Ultimately, the IOC will produce a short list of Candidate Cities in January 2013, before announcing the winning Host City in the summer of 2013.
The bid will be underwritten by the City of Glasgow Council and Scottish Government.
BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan said:
“We believe that hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would present an outstanding and unique opportunity to further expand the legacy of the London 2012 Games.
“Among the many attributes that Glasgow has to offer the Olympic Movement is the fact that, as Host City of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, a great deal of the required infrastructure will already be in place. Glasgow also has outstanding leadership, a strong dedication to sport and will benefit greatly from the experience of hosting a major international multi-sport competition in 2014.
“The Youth Olympic Games have quickly established themselves as an important and inspirational event in the international sporting calendar. We know the bidding process will be highly competitive, but we are confident that in Glasgow we have an outstanding Candidate City.”
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said:
“I am delighted that the British Olympic Association (BOA) has decided to support the joint bid from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council and we appreciate the confidence shown by the BOA in this regard. Hosting the Youth Olympic Games is an exciting prospect and we will now work alongside the BOA and our partners to ensure the bid is successful.
“A winning bid will not only ensure that Glasgow is one of a limited number of cities worldwide which has Olympic status, it will build on the legacy created by the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games and further enhance Scotland’s already enviable reputation as the perfect stage for hosting major sporting events.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:
“Our submission for the Youth Olympic Games is a strong one, reinforcing our credentials as hosts of world class sporting events and underlining our continuing determination to ensure Glasgow has an enduring legacy which will benefit the city for generations to come. We are looking forward to working in close partnership with the British Olympic Association and learning from their expertise and experience gained prior to, and during, the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"Glasgow is one of the world’s great sporting cities which will play host to Olympic events in the summer of 2012, the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the World Artistic Gymnastics in 2015 alongside our annual programme of top international meetings in sports such as athletics and gymnastics.
"The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will soon show a global audience what we can do in terms of hosting one of the world’s biggest celebrations of sport, and winning the right to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would be another outstanding achievement for the city."
The 2018 YOG will involve approximately 3,600 young athletes, aged 15 -18, participating across all of the 28 summer Olympic sports in 12 days of competition.
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games took place in Singapore in 2010, and the first winter YOG was held in Innsbruck earlier this month. The second editions are due to take place in Nanjing, China in 2014, with the winter version being held in Lillehammer, Norway in 2016.
The athletes will not only compete at the highest level of international youth sport, but will also take part in a Culture and Education Programme, which is a core element of the Youth Olympic Games.