POSTED: April 14th 2013

Glasgow 2018 presents IOC Evaluation Commission its YOG vision

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Glasgow 2018 Bid Team held a video conference with the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission outlining its concept for the Youth Olympic Games.

“This conference with the IOC Evaluation Commission was an important milestone for Scottish sport, and I believe that Glasgow has risen to the occasion once again,” Scottish Minister for Sport Shona Robison said. “On behalf of the Scottish Government, I want to reiterate our total, unequivocal commitment to delivering on our promise of a Youth Olympic Games that inspires young people in Scotland and around the world to become champions in their own lives.”

Glasgow 2018’s vision – a Youth Olympic Games that will empower young people to become ‘champions in their own lives’ - was highlighted by its key strengths during the presentation. Scotland and the UK’s track record of being successful partners in delivering world-class multi-sports events provides the base of Glasgow 2018’s Bid.

“I would like to offer our thanks for the insight that the IOC Evaluation Commission has offered Glasgow 2018’s candidature,” IOC Vice President Sir Craig Reedie said. “This has been a hugely beneficial experience for the Bid Team. The feedback we have received throughout this process will make us even better equipped to partner the IOC in realising the rich and powerful potential of the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.”

The Bid Team promised the Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games will enable the Olympic Movement to capitalise on London 2012’s momentum and strengthen its relationship with young people worldwide. Reedie and Robison were joined on the panel – chaired by Glasgow 2018 Bid Director Paul Bush – by UK Minister of Sport Hugh Robertson, Glasgow City Council Leader Gordon Matheson, Glasgow City Council Chief Executive George Black, BOA Chairman Seb Coe, Olympic champion rower and Glasgow 2018 YOG Champion Katherine Grainger, Glasgow Life Chief Executive Bridget McConnell, Glasgow Life Director of Sport and Special Projects Ian Hooper, and Glasgow 2014 Ambassador Elizabeth Pollard, who is also a Shawlands Academy pupil and Bid Team member.

“Today I think we showed the IOC Evaluation Commission what the world could expect from Glasgow as a YOG host city,” Matheson said. “In the last twenty years, our city has developed into one of Europe’s top cultural cities, a Top Ten Must-See city, and top ten World Sports City, and now we are shortlisted for the 2015 European Green Capital. We have proven our ability to stage major events time and again and we continue to surprise the world with the inimitable Glaswegian flavour we give them. We are ready to take the next step with the IOC and push the bar even higher.”

“Today the Evaluation Commission got under the skin of our Candidature File,” Coe said. “Their searching questions allowed the panel to share precise details to give them a better understanding and belief that Glasgow 2018 can, in partnership with the IOC, deliver a creative, innovative, and global Youth Olympic Games in 2018.”

“I was very proud to be chairing such an accomplished and passionate panel today,” Bush said. “We spoke a great deal about the importance of strong partnerships, and the evidence was right there in the room with the senior representatives of every single Glasgow 2018 stakeholder. Our bid brings together national and municipal government, public agencies, the private sector and the sports community. That collaboration gives Glasgow 2018 the power to deliver world-class venues, open up new opportunities for young people, and inspire them to live healthier, more active lives.”

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