Bids for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics

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Six bids were made for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. The IOC selected three of the bids as candidate cities. On July 4, 2013 Buenos Aires was elected as host city.[1]

Bidding timeline[edit]

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched the bidding process on September 15, 2011. A letter was sent out to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The key dates are the following:[2][3]


The host city election vote was held at an extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne. The results were as follows:[5]

2018 Summer Youth Olympics Host City Election Results
City NOC Name Round 1 Round 2
Buenos Aires  Argentina 40 49
Medellín  Colombia 32 39
Glasgow  United Kingdom 13

Candidate cities[edit]

There were six bids for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games confirmed by the International Olympic Committee.[6] Bids were due by March 1, 2012. The list of applicant cities was announced by the IOC on March 2, 2012.

For the first time, Asian NOCs didn't submitted a bid for the Summer Youth Olympics, thus making it the first time that Asia will not bid, and eventually, host the Games. Three European NOCs (Great Britain, The Netherlands and Poland) entered Glasgow, Rotterdam and Poznań bids respectively. American NOCs Argentina, Colombia and Mexico also submitted bids for Buenos Aires, Medellín and Guadalajara respectively. Poznan withdrew their bid in October 2012.

On February 13, 2013, the IOC Executive Board selected three candidate cities.[7]

Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina[edit]

On August 30, 2011 Buenos Aires and the Argentine Olympic Committee announced that they will bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games.[8] Buenos Aires bid to host the 1956 and 2004 Summer Olympics but lost to Melbourne and Athens respectively.

United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom[edit]

On September 19, 2011, it was announced that Glasgow would submit to the British Olympic Association (BOA) a proposal to bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The city has never made an Olympic bid before.[9] On February 22, 2012 the BOA agreed to put Glasgow forward as the United Kingdom's bidding city for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.[10]

Colombia Medellín, Colombia[edit]

The mayor of the city presented the bid on September 15 in Lausanne, following the high standard venues and experiences they had at the 2010 South American Games.[11]

Non selected applicant cities[edit]

Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico[edit]

Guadalajara was selected over Monterrey on February 16, 2012 to be put forward as an applicant city.[12][13] Guadalajara bid for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics but withdrew their bid before the IOC vote due to a poor evaluation report.[14][15] Guadalajara hosted the 2011 Pan American Games.

Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands[edit]

On February 29, 2012, the day before the deadline for bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics, it was announced that Rotterdam would be putting forth a bid.[16]

Cancelled bids[edit]

Poland Poznań, Poland[edit]

Upon the announcement by the IOC of who the applicant cities were, Poznań was revealed as one of the bidders. The city bid for the 2010 and 2014 Summer Youth Olympics but lost to Singapore and Nanjing respectively. On 8 October, the city council rejected the proposal budget of the bid. There were lack of financial guarantees from the city-organizer, so the city withdrew.[17]

Mexico Monterrey, Mexico[edit]

Bids which did not go to application[edit]

The following cities proposed putting forth bids, but ultimately failed to do so:


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