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Abuja, Nigeria out of 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid

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Lacking government approval, the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) will not be submitting a bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, GamesBids.com has learned from a source close to the NOC.  Last November, a Nigeria Minister of State declared that Abuja would be bidding for the third installment of the Summer Games.

After losing a bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow, Scotland - Nigerian sports officials regrouped and have been planning a new strategy for hosting major events.  A successful Youth Olympic bid was to help prepare Abuja for a 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.

It was reported in December that a 21-member bid committee had been organized and government funding had been requested.  The organization estimated that hosting the Games would cost USD $125 million.

Without government backing, the bid cannot move forward.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set a March 1 deadline - Thursday - for Youth Olympic Games applications.  Bids are expected from Buenos Aires, Argentina; Medellin, Columbia; Kaspiysk, Russia; Guadalajara, Mexico and Glasgow, Scotland.

Singapore hosted the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and Nanjing, China will host the second Games in 2014. 

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Youth Summer 2018 Summary
Bid Status: Election July 4.
Bid Date: July 4, 2013
Bid Location: Lausanne
Description: Buenos Aires defeated Medellin and Glasgow
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