The votes have been cast, counted and checked and the host city of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 can now be revealed as (drum roll please)… Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires, in Argentina, was elected today by the International Olympic Committee members who cast their votes during a special meeting following presentations from the three shortlisted Candidate Cities. The two other shortlisted cities bidding to host the YOG were Glasgow (Great Britain) and Medellin (Colombia).
Swiss rower Augustin Maillefer, who competed at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, had the honour of handing the envelope to the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, for the official announcement, which was streamed live on the Olympic website.
Originally six cities entered the race to the host the YOG after the bidding process was launched back in September 2011. The three cities not to make the shortlist were Guadalajara (Mexico), Poznań (Poland) and Rotterdam (Netherlands).
But if 2018 just seems too far away to get your next YOG fix, then fear not. Next stop on the YOG train is the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Nanjing, China, from 16 to 28 August 2014! See you there!