Glasgow loses bid for 2018 Youth Games

2018 Group at Emirates
2018 Group at Emirates

GLASGOW has lost its bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

The city - up against Buenos Aires in Argentina and Medellin in Colombia - was knocked out in the first round of voting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted for the Argentinian city in the final round.

The vote was attended by a delegation including Olympian sir Chris Hoy, British Olympic Association chair Sebastian Coe and school pupils - including Shawlands Academy’s own Elizabeth Pollard, featured in this week’s Extra.

Glasgow bid director Paul Bush said: “This bid gave Glasgow and Scotland the chance to show its excellence and sophistication when it comes to staging world-class events.

“It is of course disappointing not to win but this was one of the toughest Olympic races of recent times and nothing can take away from the excellent technical and visionary bid put together by all the partners.

“I would like to pay particular tribute to all the young people who were at the heart of this bid from the beginning and who embraced it as their own. They should take immense pride in their achievements and use this journey as the catalyst for further success for themselves and for their city and country.”

For more on the failed bid, follow reporter Gregor Hollerin on Twitter.