Medellín submits Candidature File for 2018 Youth Olympic Games on deadline day
Monday, 15 October 2012
October 15 - The Medellín 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid team has delivered its Candidature File to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its headquarters in Lausanne with today marking the deadline for submissions.
Medellín is up against Buenos Aires, Glasgow, Guadalajara and Rotterdam in the race to host the event and the Columbian city handed in the file after holding a public ceremony last week (pictured above) to celebrate the completion of the dossier.
A delegation from Medellín 2018, headed by bid chief executive Juan Camilo Quintero Medina, delivered the document to the IOC in Lausanne and expressed its confidence in the application.
"We believe the strong technical documentation and the concrete guarantees we submitted today will give IOC members and future Youth Olympic Games competitors the confidence that Medellín can host excellent, unique Youth Olympic Games in 2018," said Quintero.
"The entire Government and its institutions have provided more than 170 guarantees as part of their commitment to stage the Games in Medellín."
Back in Medellín, Mayor Aníbal Gaviria Correa also gave his endorsement for the bid.
"The entire city wishes we could personally go to Lausanne to cheer for the submission of the dossier, but we know our Candidature File will convey to the IOC what a perfect fit Medellín is for the Youth Olympic Games," he said.
"We dream of sharing our success through staging compact, exciting Youth Olympic Games in a city which has been transformed by sport."
Last week, Glasgow became the first city to hand in their Candidature File, while Buenos Aires, Guadalajara and Rotterdam are all scheduled to hand in their documents before the deadline closes tonight.
The IOC will reveal tomorrow (October 16) whether all five followed through on their plans but it is unlikely that any of the five will drop out, despite Poznań in Poland withdrawing from the race last week due to a lack of financial guarantees.