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Five Cities Make Cut For 2010 Youth Olympic Games

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Monday that five cities were short listed as Candidate Cities to host the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

The cities were selected unanimously from a total of nine cities and include Athens, Bangkok, Moscow, Singapore and Turin.

Debrecen, Guatemala City, Kuala Lumpur and Poznan failed to make the cut.

According to the IOC the selection was made on the basis of a study of the Cities’ Candidature Files and related documents submitted to the IOC on October 26. A panel of experts including representatives of the Olympic Movement and specialists conducted the study and subsequent report.

The IOC says the projects of the five short listed Candidate Cities will now be further assessed by the IOC Evaluation Commission chaired by IOC Executive Board member Sergey Bubka and composed of five representatives of the Olympic Movement.

The IOC Evaluation Commission will submit its reports to the IOC Executive Board at the end of January 2008, and on the basis of the report the IOC Executive Board will recommend which Candidate Cities will be submitted to the IOC members for election as host city.

Following a postal vote by all IOIC members the host city for the 2010 Youth Games will be announced at the end of February, 2008.

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