Olympics: Buenos Aires to host 2018 Youth Olympics

Saturday, July 6th, 2013. Filed under: Destinations Sports & Recreation World News
Members of the delegation Buenos Aires 2018 cadidature bid including President of the Argentine Olympic Committee Gerardo Werthein (2nd R) celebrate on the podium with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge (C) after the city was elected to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. ©AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Members of the delegation Buenos Aires 2018 cadidature bid including President of the Argentine Olympic Committee Gerardo Werthein (2nd R) celebrate on the podium with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge (C) after the city was elected to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games.
©AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

(LAUSANNE-AFP) – Buenos Aires won the right to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games after a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday.

The Argentinian capital – which will also host the prestigious IOC Session in September where a new president and the 2020 Summer Games host will be elected – beat Colombian city Medellin in a second round of voting.

The seriousness of Medellin’s campaign was summed up by the presence of Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos appearing at the presentation and giving a powerful speech about what hosting the Games would mean to the country.

Scottish city Glasgow – who will host next year’s Commonwealth Games – went out in the first round of voting.

Singapore hosted the first Summer Youth Games in 2010, bringing to fruition the brainchild of present IOC president Jacques Rogge, while Chinese city Nanjing will host the next one in 2014.

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