Olympic Games - Glasgow 2018 shortlisted for Youth Olympics

Glasgow's 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid has been shortlisted by the International Olympic Committee.

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IOC president Jacques Rogge confirmed the news after a meeting of the executive board in Lausanne, with the Scottish city progressing to the next round of bidding alongside campaigns from Buenos Aires and Medellin, while Rotterdam and Guadalajara were eliminated. The three shortlisted candidates will now face further assessments, with video conferences between their respective bid teams and the IOC scheduled for April. An evaluation report will then be submitted to the IOC's full membership, who will elect the host city at a meeting in Lausanne on July 4. The first edition of the Youth Olympic Games, designed for athletes between 15 and 18, were staged in Singapore in 2010 and the Chinese city of Nanjing was elected as the 2014 edition three years ago. News of the shortlisting was welcomed by Lord Smith, chairman of the 2014 Commonwealth Games organising committee in Glasgow. "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," he said. "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."

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