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Four Cities Apply To Host The 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games

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Four cities have applied to be candidates to host the first Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in 2012, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.

Harbin China, Innsbruck Austria, Kuopio Finland and Lillehammer Norway will begin their campaigns that will end when a winner is declared by the IOC in December. IOC members will elect the winning city by a postal vote - the same method used when Singapore was chosen to host the first Youth Summer Olympics last month.

The four cities will submit their candidature files by June 19 and the IOC will select a shortlist in August. By November the IOC Executive board will recommend which bids should appear on the final ballot.

Innsbruck last hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1976 and Lillehammer hosted in 1994. Harbin last bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games but failed to make the shortlist. Kuopio is a newcomer to the bidding arena. Write or read comments about this article

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