Nine cities submit Candidature Files for 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010
Nine cities have submitted Candidature Files for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 by the deadline of 26 October: Athens (Greece), Bangkok (Thailand), Debrecen (Hungary), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Moscow (Russian Federation), Poznan (Poland), Singapore (Singapore) and Turin (Italy).
These Files will be analysed in the coming weeks by a panel of experts representing the Olympic Movement. This panel will draw up a shortlist of Youth Olympic Games Candidate Cities which will be announced on 19 November 2007. An IOC Youth Olympic Games Evaluation Commission will continue to study the Candidature Files and further analyse the short-listed Candidate Cities’ projects. If necessary in the context of this analysis, the Evaluation Commission will visit the short-listed Candidate Cities. The Commission will submit its report to the IOC Executive Board, which will make a recommendation to the IOC members who will elect the host city for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games by postal vote in February 2008. The announcement of the host city will take place at the end of February 2008.
Around 3,500 athletes for the Summer Games
The 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games – age group 14 to 18 - will bring together approximately 3,500 athletes and 875 officials in 2010. The sports programme may be chosen from the 26 sports on the programme of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games with a limited number of disciplines and events.
A vision and clear objectives
The Youth Olympic Games, which aim to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values, have six specific objectives:
* Bring together and celebrate the world’s best young athletes
* Propose a unique and powerful introduction to Olympism
* Innovate in educating and debating Olympic values and societal challenges
* Share and celebrate the cultures of the world in a festive atmosphere
* Reach youth communities throughout the world to promote the Olympic values
* Raise sports awareness and participation among young people
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