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Glasgow in race to host 2018 Youth Olympics

14th February 2013

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have shortlisted Glasgow in the race to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The IOC praised the city’s record of hosting international sporting events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

London 2012 inspired young people like never before and there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the UK to take the next step on the Olympic journey to empower young people globally.

The 2018 YOG Working Group report stated that Glasgow’s bid would also build on the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games creating a powerful and impactful YOG, appealing to athletes and young people across the globe, while representing minimal risk to the IOC.

At a press conference at the IOC’s Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, President Jacques Rogge announced Glasgow would join Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Medellin (Colombia) on the shortlist for the next stage of the process which will see IOC members vote for the winning Candidate City in July.

More than 100 young people gathered in Central Station, the city’s main rail terminal, for a contemporary dance flashmob to celebrate the news, calling on the UK public to back the Bid to bring the 2018 YOG to Glasgow. The celebration event reflected the passion for sport the Olympic family can expect if the Games come to Glasgow.

The report from the YOG Working Group, headed by German Olympic silver medallist and world champion fencer, Claudia Bokel, said Glasgow’s Bid was built on good use of existing venues and experience of hosting international multi-sport creating a double legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It added that Glasgow’s budget was consistent with the programme being proposed for the YOG with guarantees provided by the Bid Team being described as “clear and good quality.”

Sir Craig Reedie, Vice President of the IOC, said: “This is a proud moment for me as a Scot and a Glaswegian. To have my home city shortlisted is a tremendous honour.

“With London 2012 our vision and our promise was to inspire a generation. What a unique opportunity we now have with a city that has both the facilities and the expertise to concentrate on the vision of the Youth Olympic Games and to give back to the youth of the world. From day one we promise to work in partnership with the Olympic family to reach out to young people across the globe."

Seb Coe, Chairman of the BOA, said: “It is an honour to have Glasgow shortlisted to host the YOG in 2018. London 2012 inspired young people like never before and there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the UK to take the next step on the Olympic journey to empower young people globally.

“Glasgow cannot only stage a compact, sustainable and financially sound Youth Olympic Games, but take a unique journey in history hand in hand with the Olympic Movement fuelled by the passion and warmth of Scotland. A Youth Olympic Games in Glasgow would empower young people worldwide to believe they can be champions in their lives and, at the same time, inspire the world to support them.”

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