Glasgow launches Youth Olympics bid

25 Jun 2012

Glasgow has launched its bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympics. The launch event at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum showcased the very best Glasgow, Scotland and the United Kingdom have to offer. Young sports stars joined members of the Scottish Youth Theatre and other performers to unveil details of Glasgow’s Bid.

Civic and sporting leaders gathered at the city's Kelvingrove Art gallery to unveil their vision for the event.

They are hoping to capitalise on Glasgow's status as a host city for the London 2012 games, with eight football matches being staged at Hampden Park.

The 2018 Youth Olympics is expected to attract over 3,000 athletes, aged between 15 and 18, competing in all 28 Olympic sports. The host for the competition will be chosen in the summer of 2013.

The Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Gordon Matheson, said: "Glasgow is already known the world over as a great sporting city because of our proud track record of hosting international events and investing in world-class sports infrastructure. Hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would be a new success story for our city and one that we are determined to capitalise on.

"Young people are at the very heart of our Bid and will be our strongest voice as we go all out to bring the Youth Olympic Games to these shores for the first time. A successful campaign would continue the legacy created by the London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, helping us continue to work hard together with young people to build a bright future."

The youth games are expected to attract more than 3000 athletes, aged between 15 and 18, competing in all 28 Olympic sports.

Source: Glasgow City Council - Youth Olympics launch