Glasgow shortlisted to host 2018 Youth Olympics

Glasgow has been named as a candidate city to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Glasgow could host the games in 2018. Photo: Johnny Durnan
Glasgow could host the games in 2018. Photo: Johnny Durnan

The announcement, made in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday (13 February) means the city will compete against Buenos Aires in Argentina and Medellin in Columbia.

The 2018 Youth Olympic Games will involve approximately 3,600 athletes, aged between 15-18 years, participating across all of the 28 Olympic sports over 12 days of competition.

The three shortlisted cities will be involved in further assessment about the specifics of their bids. An evaluation report will be submitted to International Olympic Committee members, who will elect the host city in July 2013.

Lord Smith, chairman of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, congratulated the bid team and highlighted the "real legacy and impact from Glasgow 2014" that hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would bring to Glasgow and Scotland.

He said: "Scotland has a growing reputation for staging successful world-class events and securing the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would be a fantastic opportunity to build on the experience and skills developed through delivering an outstanding Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Hosting another global sporting event in the city will continue to develop real legacy and impact from Glasgow 2014 as well as demonstrating the warmth and enthusiasm the city and Scotland holds for athletes and spectators."

The first summer Youth Olympic Games was held in Singapore in 2010. The Games follow the traditional four-year cycle with the next summer’s Games being held in Nanjing, China.

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