POSTED: December 7th 2011

Olympic city Lillehammer to host 2nd winter YOG in 2016

Gilbert Felli IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games shows the winner / IOC
Gilbert Felli IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games shows the winner / IOC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today rubber stamped the former host city of the Lillehammer ’94 Games as the one to host the second Youth Olympic Games in 2016.

Lillehammer was the only city in the bid race and as IOC members voted via the mail all it needed was a majority vote by December 5th to win the honor.

IOC chief, Dr Jacques Rogge, was very pleased at the news as he launched the plan for the YOG following the very successful European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF).

Rogge said, “We are excited to be going back to Lillehammer, which hosted unforgettable Winter Games in 1994.

“The city, the government and Norwegian National Olympic Committee have shown a great desire and commitment to hosting these Games, and we are confident that Lillehammer will provide a world-class experience for the young athletes in just over four years’ time.”

Soon Rogge will also establish the coordination commission that will help Lillehammer with its preparations.

There will be 1,000 athletes ranging between the ages from 15 to 18 competing at the YOG with the same sports program as the winter Games.

Norwegian NOC President Børre Rognlien, said, “I would like to thank the IOC and its Executive Board for the trust they have shown us and Lillehammer in selecting us as the host of the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016.

“It is with great pleasure and pride that the Norwegian Olympic Committee can now invite a new generation of athletes to Lillehammer.

“We will attempt to build on the heritage of the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games, and also create a new legacy – a legacy of young people, by young people, and for young people, as well as for our country and the rest of the winter sports world.”

Anniken Huitfeldt, Norwegian Minister of Culture, said, “I am very pleased to recognise the IOC's announcement that Norway and Lillehammer will host the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016.

“The IOC’s decision will help boost youth sport in Norway and internationally. Hosting the 2016 Youth Games coincides nicely with existing plans to further develop the Lillehammer region as a winter sports destination, and a number of the arenas used in the 1994 Olympic Games will be reused for the Youth Olympic competitions.”

The first winter YOG will be held in another former Olympic host city Innsbruck, Austria in just a few weeks’ time from 13-22 January 2012.

Keywords · IOC · Lillehammer · YOG · Youth Olympic Games · Jacques Rogge · Anniken Huitfeldt · Borre Rognlien

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