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  • Bidding for the Games -- Winter YOG Files are Due, Geneva Readies for 2018 Olympics Try


    06/17/08

    Some 1,000 athletes will join the first Winter YOG, according to IOC predictions. (Getty Images)  
    Winter YOG Files Due at IOC

    The files of the four cities interested in hosting the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympics, in 2012, are due at the IOC June 19.

    The candidates, nominated by their national Olympic committees include: Harbin, China; Innsbruck, Austria; Kuopio, Finland; and Lillehammer, Norway.

    Little information has been provided about the cities, as the IOC has so far prohibited them from engaging in any promotion.

    Once the cities submit their files, the IOC will have a panel of experts review the bids. A short list from the IOC Executive Board is expected in August, with a postal vote by the IOC in November, result to be announced in December.

    Geneva Readies for 2018 Winter Bid

    Leaders of nascent plans to bring the Winter Olympics to Geneva in 2018 say they are ready to ramp up their work now that hosting duties are over for Euro 2008 matches.

    "The motto for our bid is, 'Why Not?"' Muller said. "We are hoping that the experience of hosting
    Geneva aims to be the first Swiss city to host a Games since 1948. (Getty Images)  
    three matches in the Euro will convince the people of Geneva that it is possible, said Mark Muller, the city official who led the city’s Euro 2008 activities.

    Muller and colleagues first raised the idea of bidding for the Winter Olympics late last year.

    A proposal to bid may face a referendum in January. Switzerland’s last winter bid, from Bern for 2010, was derailed when voters rejected spending money to support a bid.

    The Geneva plan is said to call for 75 percent of the bid to be funded privately.

    The Geneva bid calls for the alpine ski events in Crans-Montana, about 120km east of Geneva, sites planned for use by Sion, which unsuccessfully bid three times for the Games.

    The race for 2018 won’t be decided until 2011. So far candidacies are talked about from France, China, Norway, Korea, Bulgaria and the U.S.

    Written by Ed Hula
     
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