Bidders React to Youth Olympic Games Announcement
Athens, Moscow and Singapore – the top three 2010 YOG bids by the IOC's ranking – praise for the candidate shortlist announced yesterday and took the chance to tout their bids.
"We are delighted that the IOC has shown confidence in our bid. If the 2010 Youth Olympic Games are held in Athens, young athletes will be able not only to learn Olympic history, but to live it—in the world’s greatest Olympic classroom. We would be proud to serve the Olympic Movement in this great mission to recapture the imagination of young people," says Athens 2010 president Minos Kyriakou. He’s also president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee.
Moscow's bid committee is "committed to continue our hard work with dignity and respect to the
Olympic Ideals. We know the other candidate cities are strong rivals and we have to remain focused. Moscow can and will contribute in making the first Youth Olympic Games a truly memorable and global event. We have a strong team, a detailed plan and the passion to materialize the dreams of millions of people,” says mayor and bid chairman Yuri Luzhkov.
“I would like to thank the International Olympic Committee for shortlisting Singapore for consideration as the venue for the inaugural Youth
Olympic Games in 2010," says Singapore Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan.
"We are a small nation with a big heart. We hope that come 2010, youth across the world would have the opportunity to come to our shores to ignite their passion for sports,” he continued.
Debrecen Mayor Lajos Kosa says he is very disappointed that the IOC was not excited by what he thought was a very compelling bid.
“Debrecen will continue to attract and to host international sporting events in our city and we look forward to working together with the international sports bodies in the organization of their major events. I would like to thank everyone in the Debrecen 2010 bid committee for their great efforts.”
Shortlist cities Bangkok and Turin were not immediately available for comment.
The five cities on the shortlist for the inaugural edition of the YOG will be visited by a team of IOC experts in the coming weeks to examine parts of the bids. The IOC Executive Board could reduce the field further when it meets in Lausanne in mid-December. Lake Placid Lobbies for 2012 YOG
It’s still early for the winter edition of the Youth Olympic Games, set for a debut in 2012, but potential candidates are already at work.
The congresswoman representing the Lake Placid area in the U.S. House of Representatives says she is trying to enlist President George Bush in a bid for the 2012 games.
Representative Kirsten Gillibrand caught the president's ear at an informal White House reception last week. She asked him to call USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth and suggest a Lake Placid bid, she tells the Post Star newspaper.
"I don't know whether he will follow up, but I got my two minutes of lobbying in," she says. Written by Maggie Lee
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