British Olympic Association backs Glasgow as 2018 Youth Olympics host

Updated: Feb 23, 2012, 19:52 PM IST

London: The British Olympic Association (BOA) is proceeding with a bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) with the Scottish city of Glasgow as its candidate.

The BOA will now formally submit its intention to bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by March 1.

As host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow will have much of the necessary sporting, accommodation and transport infrastructure already in place, as well as the recent experience of delivering a high profile international multi-sport Games.

That is one of the reasons why the BOA board made its decision to support the submission from Glasgow as a potential Candidate City.

The BOA also believes that hosting the Youth Olympics is a great opportunity to further extend the youth, sporting and educational legacy of the London Olympics, Xinhua reports.

In the coming months, the BOA will work together with officials from Glasgow and the Scottish Government to further develop and progress the submission before the candidature file is delivered to the IOC in October.

Ultimately, the IOC will produce a short list of Candidate Cities in January 2013, before announcing the winning bid in the summer of 2013.

"The Youth Olympic Games have quickly established themselves as an important and inspirational event in the international sporting calendar. We know the bidding process will be highly competitive, but we are confident that in Glasgow we have an outstanding Candidate City," said BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan.

The 2018 YOG will involve about 3,600 young athletes, aged 15 -18, participating across all of the 28 summer Olympic sports in 12 days of competition.

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games took place in Singapore in 2010, and the first winter YOG were held in Innsbruck earlier this month. The second edition are due to take place in Nanjing, China in 2014, with the winter version being held in Lillehammer, Norway in 2016.