Glasgow loses out to Buenos Aires in 2018 Youth Olympics bid
July 4 2013
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.
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