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Nine Cities Submit Bids For 2010 Youth Olympic Games

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that nine cities submitted their candidature files for the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games by the October 26 deadline. They are Athens, Bangkok, Debrecen, Guatemala City, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Poznan, Singapore and Turin.

The files will be analyzed during the coming weeks by a panel of experts representing the Olympic Movement who will then draw up a shortlist of Youth Olympic Games Candidate Cities to be announced on November 19, 2007.

An IOC Youth Olympic Games Evaluation Commission will continue to study the Candidature Files and further analyze the short-listed Candidate City projects. If necessary the commission will visit the short-listed cities.

The commission will submit its report to the IOC Executive Board which will then make a recommendation to the IOC members electing the host city by postal vote in February 2008. The host city announcement will take place at the end of February, 2008.

Of the original 11 cities interested in bidding Belgrade announced recently it would instead bid for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and Algiers missed the questionnaire submission deadline and is now out of the running.

Around 3,500 athletes ages 14-18 are expected to take part in the 2010 Games as well as 875 officials. The IOC said the sports program may be chosen from the 26 sports on the program of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games with a limited number of disciplines and events. Write or read comments about this article

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