2014 Summer Youth Games Bid Launched

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially launched Friday the bidding process for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014. The IOC sent a letter to all National Olympic Committees informing them of the procedure and documentation available for cities interested in bidding for the Games.

The letter was accompanied by the Summer Youth Olympic Games General Presentation and Candidature Procedure & Questionnaire.

The deadline for the submission of candidatures is February 2, 2009; the YOG Candidature File and other documents deadline for submission is July 2009; October 2009 the shortlist of YOG Candidate Cities will be selected by the IOC Executive Board; and December 2009 to January 2010 the Evaluation Commission report and recommendation by the IOC Executive Board of YOG Finalist Candidate Cities is to be submitted to the IOC session for election as host city.

In February 2010 the election and announcement of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games host city will be announced at the 122nd IOC Session in Vancouver.

The 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games will bring together an estimated 3,500 athletes ages 15-18, as well as 1,100 team officials. According to the IOC the sports program will be chosen from the Summer Olympic Games 2016 sports program with a limited number of disciplines and events by sport which are of particular interest to the younger generation.