BOA Considers Bid For 2018 Youth Games

The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced Monday that it is considering bidding for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and is inviting applications from cities in the UK who wish to become a possible candidate city for the Games.

The deadline for those cities interested in submitting a bid is January 30, 2012. The BOA will decide by the end of February whether it will proceed with a bid for the 2018 Games, and if so, which city will be put forward to the IOC as a candidate city.

BOA CEO Andy Hunt said, “having experienced first hand the excellent inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, it is exciting that we have the opportunity to consider bidding to host this fantastic youth focused event.

“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.

“While inviting expressions of interest from cities in the UK who wish to put themselves forward as potential candidate cities is an essential step in the process, it is important to be clear that ultimately the decision whether to submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee rests with the National Olympic Committee.”