Six cities to apply to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Friday that six applications to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games were received by Thursday's deadline.
Letters were received from Buenos Aires, Argentina; Medellín, Colombia; Glasgow, Great Britain, Guadalajara, Mexico; Rotterdam, Netherlands and Poznań, Poland.
Poznań and Guadalajara both previously bid for the 2014 edition of the Games won by Nanjing China. There were three bidders for that campaign but Guadalajara withrew shortly before the election deciding instead to focus on organizing the 2011 Pan Am Games.
Guadalajara defeated a competing bid from Monterrey to win the domestic nomination in Mexico.
Glasgow was selected as Britain's nomination last month and will be hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Scottish city will be able to leverage the legacy from those Games to efficiently host the Youth Olympics.
South American bids Buenos Aires and Medellín both announced their plans last year.
Rotterdam was just nominated earlier this week while potential bidders from Russia and Abuja Nigeria abandoned their plans to bid Thursday due to lack of government interest in the projects.
“We are delighted with the high level of interest shown in hosting the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018" IOC President Jacques Rogge said.
"It is a shining endorsement of just how successful the inaugural summer (Singapore 2010) and winter (Innsbruck 2012) editions were and reflects how the popularity, excitement and awareness surrounding the YOG continue to build at an impressive pace.”
The six bidders have until March 15 to submit signed agreements regarding the application procedure and full application files are due into the IOC October 15. Based on an evaluation of the applications, the IOC Executive board will select at shortlist at their meeting on February 12, 2013 and the winner will be announced July 2013 after a membership postal vote.Write or read comments about this article
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