By Tom Degun

Glasgow 2018 schoolFebruary 11 - The Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid team has contacted more than 36,000 primary schoolchildren as part of a "Back Our Bid" campaign which has already seen almost 20,000 young people sign up to bring the event to the Scottish city.

In the past week, every primary school child in Glasgow received a letter asking their families to support the bid with around 19,600 secondary school pupils having already pledged their allegiance.

The campaign itself now has 36,000 Facebook followers, 70 per cent of who are under the age of 24, with Glasgow up against Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Medellín and Rotterdam for the right to stage the third Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018.

"Young people have embraced this bid in a way we could never have hoped for," said Glasgow 2018 bid leader Paul Bush.

"Through the city's already extensive ways of communicating with its young people, as well as through a whole range of social media channels, we are reaching every child in the city and many more across Scotland and the UK.

"Glasgow has the experience and expertise to stage a world-class sporting event and what a privilege it would be to harness its ambition and vision for its young people to use its proven youth networks to work in partnership with the Olympic Movement to empower young people across the world to be champions in their own lives."

glasgow2018Glasgow are bidding against Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Medellín and Rotterdam for the right to stage the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

The race to host the 2018 Youth Olympics is now entering a crucial stage with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board due to announce the shortlisted Candidate Cities next month at its meeting in Lausanne on Wednesday (February 13).

The shortlisted cities will then make formal presentations to the IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by Germany's Claudia Bokel, who will produce a report on the Candidate Cities.

Following the publication of the report, the full IOC membership is due to elect a host city in Lausanne on July 4.

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