POSTED: June 20th 2012
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Glasgow 2018: Youth Olympic Games bid gets off the ground with key endorsements

(L to R) Lord Colin Moynihan of the BOA, double gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes and Glasgow Councillor Gordon Matheson / Glasgow 2018
(L to R) Lord Colin Moynihan of the BOA, double gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes and Glasgow Councillor Gordon Matheson / Glasgow 2018


LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

June 20 – The Glasgow bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) has now launched their campaign vision and official proposal with a line up of key supporters.

London 2012 chief Seb Coe, has spoken to Inside the Games, "I want see, in all four corners of the United Kingdom, people bidding for things. That is what we said in Singapore in 2005 when we won the bid.

"We wanted that winning bid to be a catalyst for bringing more sporting events to Britain.”

The bid campaign slogan ‘Be a Champion in Your Life’ was unveiled with a show full of young people at iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.A team of youth were behind the creation of the slogan and the graphic logo.

The Glasgow bid capitalizes on the legacy of the London 2012 Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a catalyst for this major event gathering the world’s elite sporting youth.

Dame Kelly Holmes, double Olympic gold medallist, said, “Any athlete who’s ever competed in Glasgow will tell you – this is a very special sports city.

“A Youth Olympics here would be an incredible way to kick-start the careers of the next generation of young athletes.

“They’ve got world-class facilities, a great history of hosting top sports events, and some of the most passionate fans on the planet. Glasgow 2018 is in a great position to make a real contribution to the future of the Olympic Movement.”

The bid also has the support of the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and the British Olympic Association (BOA).

BOA chief Lord Moynihan, confirmed, “To be given the privilege of hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would be an immense honour for Glasgow, Scotland and the UK.

“It would permit all of us from sport, culture and education to ensure that the strong youth legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games could continue to enrich the lives of young people, encouraging them to always aim for their personal best.

“Glasgow's track record of hosting international sporting events as well as its passion and commitment to young people make it an excellent host city for the young athletes of the world as they strive towards their own personal Olympic dreams."

Also the UK Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson, added, “I fully support the Glasgow bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. I can think of no better legacy from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and no better city, given its world class venues and sporting enthusiasm, in which to stage this prestigious event.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, in charge of the Glasgow City Council,  also said, “Glasgow is already known the world over as a great sporting city because of our proud track record of hosting international events and investing in world-class sports infrastructure. Hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would be a new success story for our city and one that we are determined to capitalise on.

“Young people are at the very heart of our Bid and will be our strongest voice as we go all out to bring the Youth Olympic Games to these shores for the first time.

“A successful campaign would continue the legacy created by the London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, helping us continue to work hard together with young people to help them build the bright future they deserve.”

Glasgow will be hosting the Commonwealth Games during July 23 to August 3 of 2014.


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