Glasgow bid for 2018 Youth Olympics
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:11
Glasgow has entered the sole UK bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games.
The games, if won by Glasgow, will be held only 4 years after the city hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow City Council (GCC) formally submitted interest to the British Olympic Association (BOA) and over the next few weeks, the BOA and representatives from GCC will liaise in order to decide if Glasgow's bid will be sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The British Olympic Association will make a decision before the end of February, ahead of the Olympic Committee's March 1 deadline.
Spanning across 12 days attracting over 3,600 young athletes to the city, the Youth Olympics are a major sporting extravaganza.
Glasgow will be competing against cities like Monterrey, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina to host the contest, with Singapore holding the first event in 2010.
Such events further cement Glasgow's legacy as a city capable of hosting large scale events, becoming a global destination for sports and entertainment. The region's economy would another major boost, across a wide range of sectors.
Earlier in the week we learned the equivalent of 8,000 beds were accommodated in our hotels with the cast and crew of the film production teams who converged upon the city in 2011, making the 2018 Youth Olympics an attractive prospect for hoteliers.
Glasgow's retail offerings will undoubtedly thrive as fans flock to the Style Mile between events, with restaurants and night spots reaping the rewards once the evening's entertainment draws to a close.
We wish the City Council all the best in their application and will monitor its progress in the hope of success.