POSTED: December 17th 2010

Winter Youth Olympic Games for 2016 has only one candidate to play host

Lillehammer looks to rekindle the Olympic flame for 2016 YOG / lake images
Lillehammer looks to rekindle the Olympic flame for 2016 YOG / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LAUSANNE, Dec 17: Despite much interest for potential bidders at the conclusion of Singapore 2010 for the next upcoming summer 2014 YOG, the second winter edition of the YOG has only attracted one bid file from Lillehammer, Norway.

The 1994 Olympic city of Lillehammer met the deadline December 15th for YOG candidatures and is set to be analyzed and evaluated by the IOC evaluation commission. As the winter Games held in the same city were highly successful the win seems in the bag.

The evaluation report will be sent to IOC members for the vote in October 2011.

This year the IOC is evaluating three bids for the 2018 winter Games Annecy, Munich and PyeongChang who is on its third bid to host the event.

Vancouver 2010 is lauding financial results today after two government ordered reports were released stating that the Olympic and Paralympic Games generated as much as $2.5 billion in gross domestic product to B.C. alone.

As reported in the Vancouver Sun today PricewatershouseCoopers released information that more than 45,500 jobs were created and incremental tourism rose by $463 million during Games’ time. It also noted that construction by both VANOC and third-party investors was approximated to have generated $1.22 billion worth of activity. 

So the winter Olympic Games can generate serious money and give tourism a huge boost. Why aren't more cities stepping up to bid, is it the economy or the expense of bidding?

Possibly the fact that only one city is bidding for the first edition of the winter YOG is that it has yet to take place in January 13-22, 2011 at Innsbruck, Austria. Here again also another legacy city for the 1976 winter Games. This puts the pressure on Innsbruck to run a successful event for the future of the winter YOG to attract more bidders to the IOC.

Keywords · YOG · Lillehammer · Innsbruck · youth olympic games · winter Olympics

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