POSTED: December 4th 2008

2014 YOG open for bids

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The bidding process is under way for the opportunity to host the second Summer Youth Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee, which announces next week the winning bid for the first 2012 Winter edition, is blazing forward with plans to establish the new youth-oriented event.

Letters have been sent out informing all National Olympic Committees on the details of the process and the requirements to submit a bid.

In July 2007 the IOC launched the concept of the Youth Games as a multi-sport, cultural and educational event for young people and to add a new dimension to the Olympic ideal.

The vision is to inspire young people to return to healthy living sports practices in today's ever-expanding digital environment. The IOC plans to have approximately 3,500 athletes and 1,100 team officials from all 205 National Olympic Committees taking part in the YOG over the 12 day period. These would include non-athlete participants.

Age groups will vary between 14 and 18 years (athletes born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1999 inclusive) as defined by the relevant international federation (IF).

The IOC states: "In principle, there will be a two-year age group (i.e. 15/16, 16/17 or 17/18) participating in a given sport or discipline."

Sports on the program of this edition will be match the decided programme of the 2016 Olympic Games and currently seven sports are vying to be added to that list: baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, softball, and squash.

For economic reasons all sports events for the YOG should be staged in existing venues and bid countries are required by the IOC to have the infrastructure in place at bid time.

The IOC will vote on these sports in October 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark during the IOC Session.

How it works

The timeline of the bid process for the 2014 YOG is listed below with the final decision to be announced February 2010. Voting for the first Singapore edition was carried out via mail-in ballots by the IOC Members.

Feb 2009: NOCs to inform the IOC of the name of a YOG candidate city;

Feb 2009: Signature of the YOG Candidature Procedure;

March 10, 2009: IOC workshop in Lausanne for 2014 YOG candidate cities;

July 2009: Submission of the YOG candidature file, YOG
guarantees file, photographic files and undertaking;

October 2009: Short-list of YOG candidate cities by the IOC executive board;

Dec 2009/Jan 2010: Report of the IOC evaluation commission to be followed by recommendation by the IOC executive board to members of those cities to be submitted for election

Feb 2010: Election and announcement of the host city of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the 122nd IOC Session in Vancouver.

Keywords · Youth Olympic Games · International Olympic Committee · Singapore 2010

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