Bid launch

(back row l to r) Councillor Gordon Matheson, Mahad Ahmed, Humza Yousaf, Jonathan Graham. (front row l to r) Colin Moynihan, Jasmine Main and Lee McConnell.

(back row l to r) Councillor Gordon Matheson, Mahad Ahmed, Humza Yousaf, Jonathan Graham. (front row l to r) Colin Moynihan, Jasmine Main and Lee McConnell.

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A Glasgow school of sport pupil was part of the delegation who flew to Switzlerland to deliver Glasgow’s 2018 youth Olympic games bid.

Mahad Ahmed (17), a triple jumper, spoke at the launch and he is hoping to represent Scotland in Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He flew to Lausanne in Switzerland today to deliver the Candidature File to the International Olympic Committee.

He was joined by , Jasmine Main a student at the National Theatre of Scotland who would be part of the cultural events around the Games.

They were waved off by Olympian and former Holyrood pupil Lee McConnell, Glasgow MSP Humza Yousaf, Glasgow city council leader Gordon Matheson and chair of the British Olympic association, Lord Colin Moynihan.

Lee McConnell, also a European and World Championship medalist, said: “Glasgow is a special place to compete in as an athlete so it is very exciting to think that the world’s best young athletes could get their first taste of the special nature of competing in an Olympic-styled event right here in front of such amazing crowds.

A recent YouGov poll revealed 69% of the UK believe that staging the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Glasgow would continue to inspire a generation of young people beyond London 2012.

The poll also revealed that 62% of those asked supported Glasgow’s Bid, with that figure rising to 68% in Scotland. 68% of Scots also believe staging the YOG would continue to inspire young people to become more involved in sport and physical activity.

The Bid is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and the BOA.

Glasgow’s Bid has already won the support of the Prime Minister David Cameron, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Chris Hoy, gold medallist rower Katherine Grainger and silver medallist swimmer Michael Jamieson – a former Glasgow school of sport pupil.

Humza Yousaf, Scottish Government Minister for External Affairs and International Development, said: “Scotland has a growing and deserved reputation for staging successful world class events and winning the right to host the Youth Olympic Games would be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Scotland on the world stage. Not only would it be an inspiring event, but it would help support jobs and growth in the tourism, service and event industries which are so important to our economy.”