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  • Youth Olympic Games Bid Profile: Moscow


    The panel of IOC experts gave the Moscow bid an overall 7 to 9 on a 10-point scale. (ATR/ EHulaIII)
    Moscow’s Youth Olympic Games bid is a front-runner, according to the report from an IOC panel of experts. Accommodation, transportation and venues score well; the panel noted only a few issues with the Education and Culture Program.

    Education and Culture Program

    The report states that Moscow’s education and culture program are excellent and coherent, focusing on alliances between sport, education and culture. In addition, the education program is largely based on connecting to the Youth Olympic Games athletes via the internet.

    However, the panel also noted that the culture program largely focuses on exhibitions, performances and celebrations at iconic locations -some of which are considered far from the Youth Olympic Village.

    While the education and culture program in general scored well, there were concerns that the budget is too great.

    Overall, Moscow’s culture program scored 6 to 7 on a 10-point scale.

    Big Budget

    Moscow “largely over-scoped” the culture and education program, according to the panel, as the program amounts to $76 million - 42 percent - of the total expenditure budget. The experts suggest
    The Luzhniki Olympic Stadium would host the opening and closing ceremonies. (ATR/EHulaIII)
    that the bid re-work the budget in order to reduce the need to generate revenue from local sponsorship and suppliers.

    The budget reaches USD 179,729 million, 15 percent of the revenue is to be financed by local sponsorship and suppliers.


    Moscow’s best scores in the IOC report were in accommodation. Athletes will be housed in the Youth Olympic Village, an existing three-star hotel group, which was built for the 1980 Olympic Games. The number of guaranteed rooms largely covers YOG accommodation requirements. The IOC panel expressed satisfaction with the city’s road and subway transport, airport and telecom networks.

    The proposed housing for athletes would be Youth Olympic Village, an existing three-star hotel group, which was built for the 1980 Olympic Games. (ATR/EHulaIII)
    Moscow plans to use 28 existing competition venues for the Youth Olympic Games. Many venues were used for the 1980 Summer Games. All venues are located within city boundaries, with the exception of the sailing venue – 39km from the Youth Olympic Village. Travel times to most venues would be less than 30 minutes, according to the bid committee.

    Olympiyksky Sports Complex, which will host gymnastics, handball, modern pentathlon and weightlifting competitions, is the largest roofed multifunction sports facilities in Europe. The entire complex includes a 35,000-seat capacity.

    The Luzhniki Olympic Stadium will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies. Since its opening in 1956, the stadium has hosted numerous events, including events during the 1980 Olympic Games. The staduim well surpasses YOG minimum capacity requirements, as it is the largest sports arena in Russia with 84,745 covered seats.

    Overall, Moscow’s masterplan for venues scored 7 to 8.5.

    Written by
    Laura Grundy

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