POSTED: November 18th 2009

Poznan 2014 YOG bid gets government backing

IOC Member Irena Szewinska and government officials lend full support / Image: Poznan 2014
IOC Member Irena Szewinska and government officials lend full support / Image: Poznan 2014

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

POZNAN: The Polish bid to host the second summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games has received full government support to further fuel the growing national enthusaism to stage the event. Poznan will be bidding against Guadalajara Mexico, and Nanjing, China for the 2014 edition.

Sports Minister Adam Giersz said: "I am showing the full support and commitment from the Polish government for Poznan’s bid to host the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

“Our national government, the city of Poznan and our National Olympic Committee are completely ready for the responsibilities the Youth Olympic Games bare and would be honored to host such an exciting event.”

Poznan Mayor, Ryszard Grobelny, was on hand for the announcement and said, “The Youth Olympic Games is a fantastic platform for growing a movement of young people who believe in and want to promote the Olympic values.

“After only two weeks we can see that the interest in Olympic sports and the Olympic Games is enormous among young people – it’s just a matter of us reaching out to them and engaging them. This is what our New media strategy is about and this is what we are dedicated to working closely on with the IOC should we be selected to host the Youth Olympic Games.”

Poznan is looking to reach out to the youth through social channels and their website and already have 16,000 followers after only two weeks promotion. The city has hosted the  2009 Rowing World Championships, the 2009 European Championships in Basketball, and is one of the featured host cities for the 2012 UEFA EURO.

The Polish bid is an effort to win the hosting of the second edition of the new event and aspires to promote sport and wellness practices throughout the nation.

The very first edition of the Youth Olympic Games will be held in Singapore 2010 and the first winter editon in Innsbruck 2012.

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