Glasgow Continues to Gain Support for 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid

With less than 2 months left in the 2018 Youth Olympics Games bid, Glasgow continues to gain support and momentum.

Last weekend’s Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s drew a record crown of 27,000 spectators, and the venue and facilities won praise.

Scotland captain Colin Gregor said: “It is always special at Scotstoun with a home crowd behind you and this year was no different.”

“It is an exciting time with rugby sevens being part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and also the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. And just a couple of years later we are hoping that we will be welcoming young players to Glasgow for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. That would be fantastic for sevens, young people and the city.”

Scotstoun the proposed Rugby 7s venue for Glasgow 2018.

New Zealand’s Tim Mikkelson said “we always get well supported over here in Scotland.”

“The games are always good and the crowd always gets behind the players and that is what you want when you go out onto the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Scotland’s world champion boxer Ricky Burns is in town to defend his WBO lightweight title and he says he supports Glasgow’s bid for the Games.

“I’m proud to be backing Glasgow’s bid to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, Burns said.

“It is great to see young people being given opportunities to reach their potential and that is what the Youth Olympic Games is all about.

“It was always a dream of mine to be in the ring and I hope other young boxers get the chance to realise their dreams in Glasgow in 2018.”

Other high profile supporters of the Glasgow 2018 bid include Britain’s six-time gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, Glasgow’s Olympic silver medal winning swimmer Michael Jamieson, Britain’s rowing Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger and Prime Minister David Cameron.

Glasgow is competing against Buenos Aires, Argentina and Medellin, Colombia for the hosting rights; the IOC election will take place July 4 in Lausanne, Switzerland.