POSTED: April 2nd 2009

Three bid to host YOG 2014

Nanjing: the Olympic centre / lake images
Nanjing: the Olympic centre / lake images

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: Three candidate cities have come forward as potential host to the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014. They are Guadalajara (Mexico), Nanjing (China) and Poznan (Poland) – all bidding to follow where Singapore will lead as it hosts the inaugural Games later this year.

The timeline set by the International Olympic Committee demands the submission of candidature files on September 4, a designation of finalists by the IOC executive board in December, a publication of the evaluation commission report  in next January to be followed by an election of the host City at the 122nd IOC Session in Vancouver a month later.

One factor of particular interest to many in the Olympic movement is whether the IOC will find a way to respond positively to many critics who feel the YOG – to appeal to youth – should be opened to a more challenging selection of sports rather than the ‘traditional’ ones which comprise the senior Games programme.

This might then more adequately respond to the words of IOC president Jacques Rogge, in his YOG 2014 introduction.

He says: “[The IOC’s] commitment to the youth of today and tomorrow is about action not just words by offering them an event of trheir own in the spirit of the Olympic Games . . . Not only will the Youth Olympic Games bring renewed life and vigour to the Olympic movement we also owe these Games to the young people of the world.”

Keywords · YOG · Youth Olympic Games · 2014 · Rogge · Nanjing · Poznan · Guadalajara

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