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2010 Youth Olympic Games Bid Cities Attend IOC Workshop

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge welcomed the 10 candidate cities for the 2010 Summer Youth Games to Lausanne for a two-day workshop and expressed his satisfaction that the high number of candidate cities was “an expression of the enthusiasm with which the whole Olympic Family has responded to the IOC’s initiative to create the Youth Olympic Games on 5 July 2007”.

Rogge said, “by offering the youth of today and tomorrow an event of their own in the spirit of the Olympic Games the IOC has shown that its commitment to them is about action and not just worlds”.

During the workshop the 10 cities were taken through the concept of the Youth Olympic Games and the requirements to host the first summer edition of those Games in 2010.

The cities will now prepare the candidature files to be handed in on October 16 which will be analyzed by a panel of experts representing the Olympic Movement. A shortlist of the Candidate Cities will then be drawn up to be further evaluated by an IOC Evaluation Commission. The election and announcement of the host city will take place in February 2008.

The ten cities present at the workshop were Algiers, Athens, Bangkok, Debrecen, Guatemala City, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Poznan, Singapore and Turin.

Belgrade had initially expressed its intention to participate in the bid but announced it will instead be a candidate for 2014.

Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) has also discussed the idea of hosting the Youth Summer Olympic Games.

ZOC head Robert Mutsauki recently welcomed the staging of the Games as a “welcome” development, which would go a long way in teaching the youths the values of the Olympic Games.

He said, “the rationale of creating the Youth Olympic Games is to keep the youths interested in sport in general and Olympic Games in particular”. Write or read comments about this article

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