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IOC shortlists three Candidate Cities for 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games

Volleyball featured at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. The second edition in Nanjing, China in 2014 will include beach volleyball only.

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 13, 2013 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Wednesday that Buenos Aires (ARG), Glasgow (GBR), and Medellín (COL)* have been shortlisted in the bid to host the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2018. The three cities were chosen from among five Candidate Cities vying to host the YOG. Guadalajara (MEX) and Rotterdam (NED) did not make the final shortlist.

The IOC Executive Board determined the composition of the shortlist at a meeting in Lausanne after it had reviewed a report by the IOC Working Group, chaired by Claudia Bokel. The Working Group report was based on the Candidature Files and relevant documentation submitted by the five Candidate Cities.

An Evaluation Commission will now conduct further assessments of and hold video conferences with representatives from the three shortlisted Candidate Cities before submitting a report to the IOC members, who are scheduled to elect the host city at an Extraordinary Session in Lausanne on July 4, 2013.

The following timetable has been established for this phase:

Report by the IOC Evaluation Commission: June 2013
Election of the host city of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018: 4 July 2013
The bid to host the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 follows successful summer and winter editions of the Games (Singapore 2010 and Innsbruck 2012) and demonstrates the growing interest from cities around the world in staging the event. The 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held in Nanjing in 2014, followed by the second winter edition in Lillehammer in 2016.

*Shortlisted Candidate Cities in alphabetical order


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