POSTED: June 5th 2013

Buenos Aires commits to innovations in their YOG 2018 plan

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission report was released today, with the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid Committee pleased with the IOC’s comments on the Argentine capital’s bid.

“I am delighted that the IOC’s report confirms that Buenos Aires is considered ready to host the 2018 YOG and welcome the Olympic Family and the youth of the world to our capital city for a wonderful international celebration of sport and culture,” Argentine Olympic Committee President and IOC Member Gerardo Werthein said.

“The important mission of the YOG is founded on engagement and innovation – creating new, exciting ways for young people to participate in sport and connect with the positive spirit of Olympism. We are proud to say that Buenos Aires is a city where innovation and creativity thrives.

“With our new technological dynamism the young people of our capital city are at the frontier of digital social media and can promote the event to their global peers – ensuring the message of Olympism resonates where it matters most, among the Olympians and sports fans of the next generation.

“We believe this makes our offer to the Olympic Movement unique and the ideal YOG choice in South America. We will introduce exciting new event presentation concepts, an enriching and celebratory Cultural and Education Programme and create compelling production content that will appeal to broadcasters, sponsors and young sports fans. Buenos Aires can help the YOG become independently sustainable and provide incredible opportunities for growth and expansion for International Sports Federations and other Olympic stakeholders.”

The report included technical analysis and reviews of each of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games candidate cities – Buenos Aires, Medellin, and Glasgow – and their Candidature Files. The IOC highlighted Buenos Aires’ Games concept for its compactness, safety and security, and its comfort, convenience, and excellent accessibility.

“The proposed accommodation plan appears to be very compact and conveniently located, close to the city centre and public transport,” the report stated.

“It is a huge honour for Buenos Aires to be acknowledged a YOG Finalist Candidate City,” Buenos Aires Under Secretary of Sport and Buenos Aires Bid Committee Chief Executive Francisco Irarrazaval said. “We now look forward to presenting our YOG vision to the IOC Members next month and showing them the real Buenos Aires – a richly diverse, multi-cultural and safe capital city that is passionate about sport. We can promise thousands of cheering young sports fans and full venues during the YOG in 2018.

“We are grateful to the IOC for the positive feedback about our bespoke Games Plan, including the venues in the beautiful city area of the Green Corridor. It is our mission to deliver a Games concept that ensures convenience for the Olympic Family and will fit perfectly with the needs of the young athletes, allowing them to perform at their full potential – safely and securely.

“The IOC Evaluation Commission report will be a valuable source of information as we work hard to make our proposal even stronger. We are confident that Buenos Aires would deliver an unforgettable YOG that inspires the Olympians of the future to take part in sport today.”

The IOC report raised a few points for further concern however in regards to the funding and related guarantees underpinning the bid. As well with the YOG concept, the commission recommends that should they win the nod that further efforts need to be made in this area.

The International Olympic Committee will decide on one of Buenos Aires, Medellin, and Glasgow to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Extraordinary Session in Lausanne, Switzerland, 4 July.

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