POSTED: June 5th 2013

Medellin energy behind the 2018 YOG bid on the rise

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission has released its evaluation report on the three finalists for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games: Glasgow, Medellin and Buenos Aires.

“We are excited once again with today’s announcement from the IOC,” IOC Member and Colombia Minister for Sport Andres Botero Phillipsbourne said. “We continue to be recognised for our commitment to sport and to bringing this important event to Colombia. We would like to thank the IOC members and the Evaluation Commission for allowing us to improve our project following their insightful questions and responses. We are inspired that the IOC supports our approach to the Youth Olympic Games in Medellin, which we feel will be a truly unique experience.”

The IOC report stated Medellin had “good experience in hosting international and multi-sport events,” such as the 2010 South American Games, while also emphasising the city’s “compact concept and use of existing venues.”

“As the bid process enters this final month, we really feel a great energy and enthusiasm for the support of Medellin to host the event,” Phillipsbourne said. “We have been able to share our story of social transformation with the international community who now understands the reality that Medellin would be the perfect fit to organise this event.”

IOC President Jacques Rogge built-up the Medellin bid at a press conference in February, saying the city’s bid proposal “corresponds with the vision of the Youth Olympic Games” and “presents minimal risk to the IOC.”

“The report shows that we were eager to listen and learn and to be a good partner for the IOC,” Medellin 2018 Chief Executive Officer Juan Camilo Quintero said. “They have recognised the investment over the last decade in youth, education, sport and culture – the very same priorities as the Youth Olympic Games, and the full support from the highest level of government.”

The IOC report did raise concerns over the crime rate in the city and also noted on the need for a more comprehensive culture and education program. They did note efforts that had been made to deal with the crime and safety standards had improved and tourism is on the rise.

Buenos Aires, Glasgow and Medellin will learn of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games host city at the Extraordinary Session of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, 4 July.

Keywords · Youth Olympic Games · Medellin 2018 · International Olympic Committee · Jacques Rogge · Colombia ·

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