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Rotterdam, Netherlands will bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Source

February 29 - Rotterdam is to bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games, it has been announced today.

The Dutch city joins a field that already includes Buenos Aires in Argentina, Glasgow in Britain, Medellín in Colombia and Guadalajara in Mexico.

"We are pleased to have such an enthusiastic partner for this beautiful event as Rotterdam," said Andre Bolhuis, the President of the Netherlands Olympic Committee*Netherlands Sports Federation (NOC*NSF).

A bid from the Netherlands had been expected before tomorrow's deadline but it had been widely assumed it would be from the capital, The Hague.

"By bidding for this event we hope to motive and inspire people, both abroad and in the Netherlands," said Antoinette Avenue, the Rotterdam Councillor with responsibility for sports, recreation, arts and culture.

"It is a chance to discover and come into contact with other cultures and have fun together.

"These Olympics provide a great opportunity for our city."

If the campaign is successful, then the Youth Olympics could be a launchpad for a bid from the Olympics and Paralympics.

Rotterdam Council has already backed a potential bid from the city for the 2028 Games.

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The City of Rotterdam is currently doing a feasibility study to investigate a possible bid for the YOG in 2023: http://www.rijnmond.nl/nieuws/136991/Mogelijk-nieuwe-poging-om-Jeugd-OS-binnen-te-halen (sorry- only in dutch available...)

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