POSTED: May 14th 2012
Buenos Aires 2018 YOG bid getting support from Argentine Volleyball
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
May 14 – The bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) by Buenos Aires gets their first official ambassadors as the Argentine Volleyball Federation (FeVA) sign on in favour of bringing the event to Argentina.
Gerardo Werthein, head of the Argentine Olympic Committee, said, “As we prepare for a wonderful summer of Olympic sport at London 2012, it is great to have the support of these dedicated athletes as the first Ambassadors of the bid. With this wonderful endorsement from the Argentine Volleyball teams, it shows our sporting community is firmly backing our bid.
“Buenos Aires’ desire to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games expresses the nation’s clear commitment to the ideals of the Olympic Movement and the positive values that the YOG can instil in young people.”
The Argentinean volleyball team also won last night 3-0 against Venezuela at the CSV Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament qualifying for their place in the London 2012 Games this summer. The tournament was held in Almirante Brown, Buenos Aires province, Argentina and enjoyed full capacity in the 3200 seat venue.
Rodrigo Quiroga, Argentine Men’s Volleyball Captain, said: “As a young child I was inspired by the wonderful spirit of Olympism and I dreamt that one day I would become an Olympian. I will achieve this life-long ambition at London 2012 and I hope to now also help inspire the next generation of Olympic athletes – not only in Argentina, but across the whole of South America. It would be a privilege to welcome young athletes from around the world to Buenos Aires for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.”
The Mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, added, “We believe the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will be a great opportunity to help the Games grow and flourish, and make a genuine positive impact on the lives of the neighbours, particularly the young people.
“We’re excited and honoured to have the Argentine Volleyball Federation and all of its national teams’ support to Buenos Aires’ bid.”
Buenos Aires is bidding for the 2018 YOG against Colombia (Medellín), Great Britain (Glasgow), Mexico (Guadalajara), Netherlands (Rotterdam) and Poland (Poznań).
The final YOG decision will be taken in June of 2013 just prior to the city hosting the IOC session in September where the 2020 Olympics host city will be elected as well as a new IOC president.
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