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Glasgow loses out to Buenos Aires in 2018 Youth Olympics bid

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July 4 2013

Glasgow loses out to Buenos Aires in 2018 Youth Olympics bid
Glasgow has lost out in its bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympics after being knocked out in the first round of voting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Glasgow had been shortlisted alongside Medellin, Columbia and Buenos Aires, Argentina, but was unable to secure enough votes from the International Olympic Committee; winning just 13 votes versus 32 awarded to Medellin and 49 given to Buenos Aires.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said: “We had three excellent candidates from which to choose a host city today, each with the capability of staging memorable Youth Olympic Games in 2018.

“I would like to congratulate Buenos Aires and their bid team for their dedication to and enthusiasm for the Youth Olympic Games project. I have no doubt they will build on the successes of Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014 to provide a platform on which the best young athletes from around the world can compete and learn about the Olympic values.”

The athlete’s village for the event had been earmarked for Sighthill but Glasgow City Council has said it is committed to pressing ahead with a £250m regeneration of the area regardless.

This will ultimately provide some 830 new homes centred on a community campus and public square, all connected to the city centre via new public realm works - including a pedestrian bridge over the M8.

More recently it has been proposed to develop a cycling strategy for the area by discouraging car use in the area and building a network of cycle paths.

3 Comments

BritBob
#1 Posted by BritBob on 4 Jul 2013 at 15:54 PM
If anyone is going to visit Buenos Aries for the games it is worth bearing in mind that the favoured currency is US dollars as the Argentine Peso is unstable. Most banks will offer advice on this aspect.
wonky
#2 Posted by wonky on 4 Jul 2013 at 17:37 PM
Its reassuring to know that Medillan- one of the most notoriously murder infested drug cartel cities on earth- has garnered more votes than Glasgow.

I mean I know Sighthill is close to Blachill and Royston...did this rejection have anything to do with a last minute plea from Herr Von Mathieson?

I think the whole Youff Olympics is a white elephant with obesity issues- such projects must gorge themselves on an exorbitant buffet of public wonga in order sustain their artificial 'weight'.

Maybe now the coonsul can get on with concentrating solely on Sighthill and use the said public wonga to create a genuinely sustainable community- key to the success has to be a substantial bridge over the M8 that is wide enough to invite connectivity between central glasgow and sighthill.

The last thing we need is a razor thin cut price bridge that no one will use and will be hidden by overgrown urban vegetation within a few years.
alibi
#3 Posted by alibi on 6 Jul 2013 at 11:18 AM
Good, the status of some of these pishy events are hopelessly overplayed when we bid for them. Student Olympics, Youth Games? Who can remember last places these were held?

A load of nonsense from politicians who like the limelight and kid themselves these events are any kind of solution to Glasgow's real and serious problems. Get a grip.

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