List of bids for the Youth Olympics

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The Youth Olympics are a multi-sport event organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) every two years, alternating between Summer Youth Olympics and Winter Youth Olympics. Selection of the host city is done by postal voting by the members of the IOC four to five years prior to the tournament, in which the IOC members vote between candidate cities which have submitted bids. Bids for the first four games have been made by 15 cities in 14 countries.

The bid process consists of two rounds. First, cities and national Olympic committees (NOCs) may show their interest and submit a preliminary bid, becoming applicant cities. Through analysis of the questionnaires, the IOC gave a weighted-average score to each city based on the scores obtained in each of the questionnaire's eleven themes: political and social support, general infrastructure, sports venues, Olympic Village, environment, accommodation, transport, security, past experience, finance, and legacy. IOC's Executive Committee then selects a short-list of candidate cities. The candidate cities are investigated by the IOC Evaluation Committee, who make an evaluation report. These submit a more extensive bid book and are subject to additional evaluation, which is presented to the IOC members. Voting occurs as an exhaustive ballot by mail, which may occur through multiple rounds until a single city holds a majority of the votes. IOC members from a candidate NOC may not vote in any round while their country remains in the election. The first two selections were done by postal votes; since the selection for the 2014 Games, voting has been done at an IOC Session.[1]

Poznań and Lillehammer are the only two cities to have applied for two games: Poznań for the Summer Games and Lillehammer for the Winter Games. China is the only country to have applied for both Summer and Winter Games, with Harbin failing the 2012 Winter bid, while Nanjing succeeded at the 2014 Summer bid.

By year[edit]

The following is a list of bids for the Summer Olympics, sorted by year. It consists of the year the games were held or scheduled to be held, the date the decision was made, the city and country which issued the bid, the votes for each voting round, and the ultimate host of the games. The bid listed first for each games is the one selected by the IOC. "SL" indicates that the city made the short-list, but withdrew before the voting took place.

Year Session Bid(s) Vote Host Ref
City Country Round 1
2010 21 February 2008 Singapore Singapore 53 Singapore
Moscow Russia 44
Athens Greece SL
Bangkok Thailand SL
Turin Italy SL
Debrecen Hungary
Guatemala City Guatemala
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Poznań Poland
2012 12 December 2008 Innsbruck Austria 84 Innsbruck [2]
Kuopio Finland 15
Harbin China
Lillehammer Norway
2014 10 February 2010 Nanjing China 47 Nanjing [1]
Poznań Poland 42
Guadalajara Mexico
2016 7 December 2011 Lillehammer Norway Lillehammer [3]
2018 4 July 2013 Buenos Aires Argentina 40 49 Buenos Aires [1]
Medellín Colombia 32 39
Glasgow Great Britain 13
Guadalajara Mexico
Rotterdam Netherlands
Poznań Poland

By city[edit]

The following is a list of bids submitted by city. It lists the national Olympic committee, the city, and the games for which failed and successful bid were submitted. A parenthesis indicates that the city was awarded the games without a bidding process. An asterix (*) indicates that the bid was not shortlisted.

City Country Failed bids Successful bids
Innsbruck Austria 2012
Harbin China 2012
Nanjing China 2014
Kuopio Finland 2012
Athens Greece 2010
Guatemala City Guatemala 2010
Debrecen Hungary 2010
Turin Italy 2010
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2010
Guadalajara Mexico 2014
Lillehammer Norway 2012 2016
Poznań Poland 2010, 2014
Moscow Russia 2010
Singapore Singapore 2010
Bangkok Thailand 2010

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