British cities given chance to apply to host Youth Olympics

BRITISH cities have been given the chance to apply to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, with the British Olympic Association (BOA) considering a bid to host the event.

Cities have until January 30 to put their name forward and a decision will be made at the end of February whether or not to submit a bid to the International Olympics Committee (IOC).

Only one bid can be put forward by the BOA and that would be included on a shortlist, made by the IOC (International Olympics Committee) in January 2013, with the winner to be announced that summer.

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games took place in Singapore last year and Nanjing in China is staging the event in 2014.

BOA chief executive Andy Hunt said: “Delivering a tangible, UK wide sporting legacy was a key element of London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics, so it would be fitting if hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games contributed to bringing this ambition to life.”

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