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Innsbruck Prepares For 2012 Youth Games Bid

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A Innsbruck 2012 Youth Games bid committee media release says Innsbruck gathered 50 of Austria’s leading winter sport experts; national, regional and local political leaders, and a significant contingent of Olympians, young athletes, cultural talent and digital innovators to help crystallize its vision for staging a sport-driven celebration that appeals to youth communities around the world.

Innsbruck Mayor Hilde Zach said in the release, “the International Olympic Committee has given us a clear set of objectives that frame a vision for global outreach and we wanted to ensure that the best minds in winter sport and cultural celebration in Austria had the opportunity to provide ideas and direction to colour our concepts. It has a very productive session that will clearly help us align with the IOC’s mandates”.

Dr. Christoph Platzgummer, Deputy Mayor and President of the bid added, “the sessions will contribute greatly to the strength of the vision we put forward. We believe that with its impressive array of world-class venues its bid of experience in having hosted 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games and the 2005 Winter Universiade, it’s community of 25,000 university students and its geographic location at the heart of Europe, Innsbruck offers the IOC a proven winter sport platform that could deliver world-class impact through the first Winter Youth Olympic Games – if we can match the city’s resources with the right innovative programs. And that’s what we are striving to do”.

Dr. Leo Wallner, IOC member from Austria said, “if we’re successful in our bid to host the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in history, Austria would have a unique opportunity to contribute to the true mission of the Olympic Movement. It’s all about giving young people the experience of how sport and physical activity-infused with the ideals of friendship, excellence and respect – can positively impact their lives and help shape a vision for the future that can drive the values of the next generations”. Write or read comments about this article

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