Poznan loses its 2018 Olympic Youth Games Dream
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October 9 – The Associated Press reports today that the Polish city of Poznan has had to give up on their Olympic Dream as the city authorities have voted to direct city funding towards urban development rather than to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Bid.
Poznan was running against Buenos Aires, who is organizing the next IOC session where the 2020 summer Games will be decided as well as the next IOC presidential election, Medellin, Glasgow, Guadalajara and Rotterdam. Bid cities must send to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) their bid projects complete with financial pledges by the middle of this month.
Town Hall Spokesman, Rafal Lopka, told AP that city authorities opted not to get behind the YOG bid voting against it 27-4 not to send about $25 million of city money to help the campaign. Other sources for the bid budget were to come from the state budget, some private investors and Olympic organizations.
This is not the first time Poznan has thrown their hat in the ring as they ran in the 2014 YOG bid race but lost to Nanjing, China in the secret vote by a handful of votes 47-42.
The final decision on the 2018 YOG will be voted in July of next year.
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