Youth Olympics bid for Glasgow

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GLASGOW’s bid to host the Youth Olympics is one step closer after it was unanimously backed by the city council.

At both the executive committee and at a meeting of the full council, the campaign to bring the world’s best young athletes to Glasgow for the 2018 games was approved.

A bid board has now been created, comprising the leader of Glasgow city council, Gordon Matheson, the Scottish government’s sports minister Shona Robison and Colin Moynihan, chair of the BOA.

The Youth Olympic games feature the very world’s best athletes between the ages of 15 and 18, competing in 28 Olympic sports.

If Glasgow’s bid is a success, a cultural and education programme will run in conjunction with the sporting events.

Glasgow faces competition from Buenos Aries (Argentina), Gualadajara (Mexico), Medellin (Colombia), Posnan (Poland) and Rotterdam (Netherlands).

Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “The entire city has thrown its weight behind the bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Glasgow.

“This is a great opportunity for us to build on what we will achieve at the Glasgow 2014 commonwealth games and underline what we have already achieved through our sporting and events programmes”.

  The technical bids for the 2018 YOG will be submitted in October 2012, with an IOC technical evaluation exercise leading to a shortlisting in early 2013 with a final vote by the IOC members in July next year.

Speaking at last week’s launch, double Olympic gold medallist dame Kelly Homes said: “Any athlete who’s ever competed in Glasgow will tell you — this is a very special sports city.

“A youth Olympics here would be an incredible way to kick-start the careers of the next generation of young athletes.

“They’ve got world-class facilities, a great history of hosting top sports events, and some of the most passionate fans on the planet.

“Glasgow 2018 is in a great position to make a real contribution to the future of the Olympic movement”.

All six bidding cities have been advised not to build major infrastructure for the games, as spectator capacities are far lower than Commonwealth and Olympic games requirements.