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15 Sep 2011
IOC News , Press Release

IOC launches 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid Process

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today launched the bidding process to host the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018. A letter was sent out to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) informing them of the procedure and documentation available for cities interested in bidding for the Games.

The letter to the NOCs was accompanied by the Summer Youth Olympic Games Brochure and Candidature Procedure & Questionnaire.  

The key dates of the bidding process are as follows:  

- 1 March 2012: NOCs to inform the IOC of the name of a YOG Candidate City

- 15 March 2012: Signature of YOG Candidature Procedure

- 15 October 2012: Submission of YOG Candidature File and other documents

- October – December 2012: Examination of replies by IOC and experts

- January 2013: Shortlist of YOG Candidate Cities by the IOC Executive Board

- January – February 2013: Additional questions to shortlisted Candidate Cities

- March 2013: Video conferences between the bid committees and the IOC Evaluation Commission

- May 2013: Report by the IOC Evaluation Commission

- June 2013: Election of the host city of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 in Lausanne during the 2020 IOC members’ information briefing.

The Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 will bring together approximately 3,800 athletes aged 15 to 18, as well as 1,900 team officials. The sports programme will be composed of Olympic sports chosen from the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The Summer Youth Olympic Games, which were first held in Singapore in 2010 and will next take place in Nanjing in 2014, aim to bring together talented athletes from around the world to participate in high-level competition.

The Games also look to educate young athletes on the importance of sport for their health and social integration, and to inform them, through cultural and educational activities, about the dangers linked to sport, such as doping, training to excess and inactivity.

It is hoped the athletes will live by the Olympic values and the spirit and message of the Youth Olympic Games and promote them worldwide.

To IOC will hold a “Bidding for the Games” conference on 1 and 2 November 2011, aimed at NOCs and cities interested in bidding for the Youth Olympic Games or Olympic Games. The conference will provide the participants with detailed insights into the opportunities from which a city, region and country can benefit by hosting an Olympic event.

The conference is open to all NOCs and governmental authorities and will take place at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. For further details, please visit:


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