POSTED: July 4th 2013

Buenos Aires wins the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games

LAURA WALDEN at the Beaulieu Convention Center / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr. Jacques Rogge made the announcement that Buenos Aires is set to host the 3rd Youth Olympic Games.

Buenos Aires is also set to host the much anticipated 125th IOC session in two months’ time where the 2020 summer Olympic Games host city will be elected and a new leader of the IOC will also be chosen as Dr. Jacques Rogge steps down after 2 terms in office.

The bid team was led by Mauricio Macri, head of the government of Buenos Aires, Gerardo Werthein, IOC member and NOC  President, Agustin Pichot, and Florencia Habif.

Two other cities were in the running for the YOG with Buenos Aires, Glasgow Scotland and Medellin, Colombia.

Both cities put on a good show with IOC EB member, Sir Craig Reedie, opening the presentation for Glasgow and the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, front and center for Medellin.

IOC member and head of the NOC, Gerardo Werthein, said, “I am absolutely thrilled that the IOC has awarded the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Buenos Aires.

"I would like to express my thanks to President Rogge and all the Members of the IOC who have placed their trust in us and we will not let them down.
“We feel this is the right time for Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Olympic Movement to join together and advance the cause of Olympism among young people across the globe.
“Buenos Aires believes in the Youth Olympic Games, its values and principles, and the inspirational energy of sport to empower the youth. We are honoured to be chosen as host for the YOG in 2018 because we want the event to thrive and grow in the exciting years ahead." 

“On behalf of everyone involved with this bid and all citizens of Buenos Aires, I want to say thank you to the IOC,” said Mauricio Macri, Buenos Aires Mayor. “We are absolutely delighted that our city has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
“Over many years, we have been listening and learning and improving the infrastructure in our city – we now look forward to welcoming young athletes from around the globe to enjoy Buenos Aires’ rich and diverse culture and our wonderful sports venues.
“We will now ensure that our hard work continues to create an amazing Youth Olympic Games experience for everyone. The whole world is welcome to join our celebration of sport, education and culture in Buenos Aires in 2018."

Head of the first edition of the YOG in Singapore and IOC Member, Ser  Miang Ng, issued the following statement, “The Youth Olympic Games is something very close to my heart. I was Chairman of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games when Singapore hosted it in 2010 and placing youth at the center of the Olympic Movement is also one of the cornerstones of my presidential candidacy manifesto.”

“I am very happy for the people of Buenos Aires. I was active in supporting the concept of the Youth Olympic Games at the IOC Executive Board and at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala. The YOG is a great event for the best young athletes and the youth in the world. I think that Buenos Aires has done an excellent job in convincing the Members that their proposal offers the most impactful Sporting, Cultural and Educational concept in line with the YOG values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.”

“They have a lot to do over the next 5 years but I think that they have an excellent foundation on which to develop and deliver an excellent YOG in 2018.”

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 President, said "I would like to wish Buenos Aires every success for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and congratulate the Bid team for its impressive campaign. I believe that Buenos Aires will stage an excellent Games that will surely inspire the youth of the world.

Every Candidate City demonstrated exceptional efforts and I send out my compliments to Glasgow and Medellin for the energy and creativity they devoted to the Bid race. Their work has helped further engage youth with sport, and to inspire the sporting community.

Today's youth is tomorrow's hope, and Tokyo 2020 wants to help to promote the Olympic Values for new generations in this challenging and fast-changing era for sport. If Tokyo becomes a winner, we intend to raise the profile of athletes during a dynamic and welcoming celebration in the heart of Tokyo, and thus, contribute to promote the Olympic Movement and inspire the youth of the world."

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