It was announced today that Glasgow has made the final shortlist to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Also on the bid shortlist is Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Medellin (Colombia), with Guadalajara and Rotterdam missing out.
Glasgow 2014 Chairman Lord Smith welcomed today’s announcement saying, “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 a 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.
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 bid books and an evaluation report will be submitted to IOC members who will elect the host city in July 2013.
Read the full Glasgow 2014 press release.