alt THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) today officially launched the bidding process to host the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014.


A letter has been sent out to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) informing them of the procedure and documentation available for cities interested in bidding for the Games.  


The letter to the NOCs is accompanied by the Summer Youth Olympic Games general presentation and candidature procedure and questionnaire.


Both documents are available on


The schedule for the election of the Host City of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 is as follows: 


·  February 2, 2009: Deadline for the submission of candidatures


·  July 2009: Submission of YOG Candidature File and other documents


·  October 2009: Short-list of YOG Candidate Cities by the IOC Executive Board December 2009


·  January 2010: Evaluation Commission report and recommendation by the IOC Executive Board of YOG finalist Candidate Cities to be submitted to the IOC session for election as Host City


·  February 2010: Election and announcement of the Host City of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games at the 122nd IOC Session in Vancouver


The Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 age group 14 to 18 will bring together approximately 3,500 athletes and 1,100 team officials.


The sports programme will be chosen from the Summer Olympic Games 2016 sports’ programme, with a limited number of disciplines and events by sport which are of particular interest to the younger generation.


The first Summer Youth Olympics are due to be held in Singapore in 2010 with the first winter version taking place in Innsbruck in 2012.