POSTED: January 23rd 2010

Guadalajara withdraws 2014 Youth Games bid

Emilio Gonzalez Marquez: cost concerns / lake images
Emilio Gonzalez Marquez: cost concerns / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Jan. 23: Guadalajara officially withdrew its candidature to host the 2014 Youth Olympic Games today citing financial obligations with the Pan American Games. Two candidates remain in the bid race Nanjing, China and Poznan, Poland.

Mexico’s second largest city will host the Pan American Games continental event in 2011 and the governor of the state of Jalisco, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, said that tight finances had forced the decision and the need to stay on track for the preparations for next year’s event.

The Mexican National Olympic Committee and the municipality and state officials were all in agreement about the decision as building for the Pan Am games next year is running behind schedule.

IOC members are due to vote for the 2014 YOG on the eve of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in a matter of weeks. The recent IOC Evaluation Commission stated that the Chinese bid presented the least risk for the 2nd YOG and this could give it an edge over Poznan.

However the first edition of the YOG will be held this year in Singapore and the fact of holding the first summer editions of the YOG back to back in two Asian cities could work against the Nanjing bid. The IOC membership could very easily opt for the European alternative of Poznan, Poland.

Then this would have Poznan bundled Eurocentric with London 2012 and Sochi 2014 before the first South American Olympics of Rio 2016. Guadalajara would have been a good match with Rio 2016.

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