31 Jul 2012
Scottish Conservative leader and Glasgow MSP Ruth Davidson has welcomed the Prime Minister’s show of support for Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.
In February, the British Olympic Association put Glasgow forward as the United Kingdom’s bidding city for the event, which is expected to attract more than 3,000 athletes from 205 countries from around the globe.
During a visit to Scotstoun Stadium, Ruth met Scotland’s next generation of track stars from Glasgow School of Sport, based at Bellahouston Academy, and played table tennis with young people taking part in one of Glasgow City Council’s sports camps.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“The buzz of the London Olympics has shown what an amazing appetite we have for backing our homegrown athletes.
“Glasgow is one of the world’s greatest sporting cities, which will be further enhanced by hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
“With the opening of further top class facilities, such as the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the city will be ideally placed to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
“What a wonderful sporting legacy, and inspiration for all our young athletes, it would be if Glasgow was handed the honour of hosting this prestigious event.
“I have no doubt the sporting enthusiasm and welcoming reputation created by Glasgow 2018 would help to deliver the perfect platform for thousands of young athletes to compete at the very highest level.”
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Glasgow City Council is leading the bid, titled Glasgow 2018, alongside the Scottish government and the British Olympic Association.
The International Olympic Committee will select candidate cities in February 2013 and the host city will be elected in July 2013.
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) feature the very best young athletes – aged 15 to 18 – competing in the 28 Olympic Sports with the goal of inspiring young people to participate in sport and educate them with the Olympic values.
There are five other cities bidding to be the host – Buenos Aries (Argentina), Guadalajara (Mexico), Medellin (Colombia), Poznan (Poland) and Rotterdam (Netherlands).