Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic bid team hail "valuable" workshop at IOC headquarters

Thursday, 12 April 2012
By Tom Degun

ioc headquarters_12-04-12April 12 - The Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid team have praised a special two-day workshop at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, which was designed to provide further information for the six Applicant Cities.

The British city faces Buenos Aires in Argentina, Guadalajara in Mexico, Poznan in Poland, Medellín in Colombia and Rotterdam in the Netherlands for the right to stage the 2018 Youth Olympics.

The special workshop organised by the IOC comes as all six candidates prepare to submit their candidature file in October 2012.

The IOC will then produce a shortlist of Candidate Cities in February 2013 before announcing the winning Host City in June 2013.

The Glasgow 2018 bid team is made up of a partnership between Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and the British Olympic Association (BOA) with Paul Bush, the chief operating officer for EventScotland, serving as the bid director.

"On behalf of all the partners in our bid, I would like to thank the IOC for what has been a hugely valuable process as we prepare Glasgow's bid," Bush said.

"The IOC's vision for the Youth Games as a dynamic forum to engage the youth of the world with the values of sport and the Olympic Movement is truly inspirational and it has been exciting to hear from the IOC what they expect of a winning bid.

"It has also been a privilege to meet and engage with our colleagues from across the world who are also bidding to stage the event."

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) took place in Singapore in 2010 and the first Winter YOG was held in Innsbruck earlier this year.

The second edition of the Summer Youth Olympics will take place in Nanjing, China, in 2014, with the second Winter Youth Olympics coming to Lillehammer, Norway, in 2016.

The 15 to 18-year-old athletes will not only compete at the highest level of international youth sport, but will also take part in a Culture and Education Programme, a core element of the Youth Olympic Games.

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