(ATR) A total of 11 cities from every continent except South America and Australia are in the race to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
The IOC announced the list of cities in a press release following the August 31 deadline to apply.
The candidate cites include:
Algiers, Athens, Bangkok, Belgrade, Debrecen, Guatemala City, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Poznan, Singapore and Turin.
The 11 cities now have until the October 26th to prepare a candidature file for submission to the IOC.
IOC experts will evaluate the files and propose a short list on November 12. The short-listed cities will then be considered by an evaluation commission that could make visits in December. IOC officials say the visits to the cities may be limited in scope.
The Youth Olympic Games would take place in August 2010, including 3,200 athletes. Events would take place in all sports on the program for the 2012 Games, with participation from each national Olympic committee, which now number 205. Competitors would range in age from 14 to 18.
Cities which bid are asked not to make proposals that require construction. Use of existing facilities is planned as a measure to hold down costs. The IOC says it will finance the operation of the YOG, which would have a winter edition, as well, planned for 2012.
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