Bidding for glory

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GLASGOW is now on a three-city shortlist to host the 2018 youth Olympic games.

Following the announcement, the International Olympic committee praised the city’s record of hosting international sporting events, including the 2014 Commonwealth games.

Last week, more than 100 young people gathered in Central station, 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 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”.

Glasgow will now have to battle it out with Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Medellin (Colombia) who also made the shortlist, with the decision being made in July.

The bid is a partnership between the Scottish government, Glasgow city council and the British Olympic association.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council, said: “Glasgow is extremely proud to have been granted the privilege of being shortlisted by the IOC.

“We will continue to work hard to show how this city can be a valuable partner of the Olympic movement to better the lives of young people both here and across the globe.

“Glasgow’s commitment to its young people is unwavering as we continue the journey to transform our city and its economy and so create opportunities that can help our young people to become champions in their own lives.”

Shona Robison, Scotland’s minister for Commonwealth games and sport, added: “Having the opportunity to host the youth Olympic games is hugely exciting for Scotland. Glasgow 2018 will put the aspirations and talents of young people at the centre of the Games, and my congratulations go to the young people at the heart of the bid.

“Being shortlisted by the IOC is a great honour that cements Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for world class sporting events. We look forward to further contact with the IOC as they continue to assess our bid ahead of the final vote in July.”