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2023 Summer Youth Olympics

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The 2023 Summer Youth Olympics will be the fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, an international sports, education and cultural festival for teenagers, in a city designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Originally scheduled to be held in 2022, at the 127th IOC Session it was decided to move the organisation of the YOG to a non-Olympic year, starting with the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games, to be postponed from 2022 to 2023.[1] The IOC is actively seeking a host city for the event, which will be decided at the 132nd IOC Session in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018.[2]

Potential bids

Africa

After hosting the 2014 African Youth Games at the capital and largest city of Botswana, the country's National Olympic Committee has in mind to bid for other competitions such as the African Championships in Athletics, African Swimming Championships and the 2023 Summer Youth Olympics.[3] Lassana Palenfo, president of ANOCA, has suggested a joint-African bid that includes South Africa, Botswana and Angola.[4]

Asia

In 2015 Pang Chung, former secretary general of the Hong Kong Sports Federation & Olympic Committee (SF&OC) who is still an adviser to the body, stated that the 2023 Youth Olympics would be perfect for Hong Kong. He said that the 2009 East Asian Games showed the city can stage successful games and added: "If China wins the hosting rights for the 2022 Winter Olympics, we can also strengthen the impact of sport in the region by hosting the Youth Olympics the following year". Hong Kong has bid for the 2006 Asian Games and failed to become a candidate for the 2022 Asian Games after lawmakers voted it down in 2010.[5]

Europe

Preliminary talks over potentially hosting the YOG between IOC members and officials from the city took place at the 131st IOC Session. Budapest bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics but withdrew on March 1, 2017.[6]

Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov supported the proposal to hold the Youth Olympic Games in 2023 in Kazan. The meeting of the State Duma on physical culture, sports, tourism and youth affairs took place in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan[7], also held the 2013 Summer Universiade.

Die Linke party along with the Ecological Democratic Party (ODP) in Germany wrote a letter to Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter on February 2016 urging to investigate a possible bid for the Youth Olympic Games.[8] Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics.

The Board of Aldermen of Rotterdam will do a feasibility study to see if the city should bid for the 2023 Youth Olympic Games. André Bolhuis, President of the Netherlands Olympic Committee said, "we are pleased to have such an enthusiastic partner for this beautiful event as Rotterdam." Rotterdam bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics but failed to become a candidate.[9]

Previously Interested in Bidding

In April 2016 the Monterrey City Olympic Foundation announced that the Mexican city will not be bidding for the 2023 Youth Olympic Games as had been originally planned. Monterrey bid for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and 2018 but both times the Mexican Olympic Committee chose Guadalajara as a candidate.[10]

Sports

See also

References

Preceded by
Buenos Aires
Summer Youth Olympic Games
TBA

2023
Succeeded by
TBA

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